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Our mission is to enrich people's lives by providing community based exercise classes and social activities and to train others to do the same.

 

Our training courses include:

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Diploma in Teaching Evidence Based Exercise

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Life Enrichment Facilitator Diploma

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First Aid at Work; Healthier Food & Special Diets; Health Promotion and more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Gentle Younger 4 Longer Chair Based Class in Action

If you would like to see one of our newly qualified teachers in action please click below to see a short video clip of her gentle chair based exercise session which is taking place in a small village church hall

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Younger 4 Longer Training     Updated June 2013     Contact Us

 

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About Us

Younger 4 Longer Training is a 'Not-for-Profit' training provider which grew out of the successful community based 'Younger 4 Longer' © exercise programme.   Our Diploma courses are designed specifically for caring people who work, or plan to work with, people with chronic health conditions or older people in a variety of settings: paid employment, voluntary work or family carers.   In the event of income exceeding expenditure the excess is sent to charities working with disadvantaged children and older people in the UK and overseas.

The Younger 4 Longer Exercise Programme for Older People was set up in Wimborne, Dorset, in January 2000 by a Registered Nurse who is also a qualified teacher, specialist exercise instructor and personal trainer.   The number of classes in the programme rapidly increased to 16, totalling 321 participants, 88% of whom have continued attending long term.   There were also requests to run several additional classes within a 30 mile radius indicating the need to train more teachers.  

The Y4L programme offers a variety of exercise classes:  

►   seated classes for less active older people

►   exercise to prevent falls and injuries  

►   cardiac rehabilitation classes

►   circuit training sessions

►   exercise to music for active older people

 

In addition a variety of other opportunities are provided, for example:

►   learning new things, e.g. a number of older people have recently gained the OCN 'Learning Champions' certificate and two older people recently gained a certificate in Complete First Aid, Emergency Life Support & CPR

►   helping to enrich the lives of others, e.g., taking part in the 'Operation Christmas Child' appeal

►   day trips to parks, houses and places of interest

►   'bring & share' lunches and teas

►   'Carols by Candlelight' services at Christmas

 

 The sessions take place in a variety of venues:

►   private homes

►   retirement flats

►   sheltered accommodation

►   church and community halls 

►   luncheon clubs

 

The Increasing Need

It is well known that many older people in the UK live alone (Census 2001), and we are aware that our local programme is only reaching the tip of the iceberg.   As in many other countries, the average age of the population in the UK is increasing, in fact The World Health Organisation estimates that by the year 2020 there will be two billion people who are 60 years of age or more.   It is estimated that by the year 2050, for the first time in history, there will be more older people than children living on the earth (Laurence, 2006).

 

Research has shown that:

►   many older people in the UK today experience social isolation and an unnecessary decline in health and wellbeing. 25% of older people report that they have no close friends; 33% see the supermarket as being the best place to socialise; 1 in 5 older people eat their meals in the supermarket rather than eating alone at home (Age Concern, 2005)

►   studies by Help the Aged, 2007 revealed that one and a half million older people feel socially isolated, nearly 300,000 stating that they can go for a whole month without speaking to a member of the family or to a neighbour

 

Research has also shown that:

►   regular physical activity decreases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity and also has a role in preventing falls among older people (Department of Health, 2007)

 

And evidence suggests that:

►   it is never too late for older people to learn (Age Concern, 2007)

 

However

Many older people in the UK lack the encouragement, motivation, transport or finances required to enjoy their lives to the full, for opportunities that are affordable, beneficial and of interest to older people are becoming more and more difficult to find.  

Younger 4 Longer Training has been established in order to help address this ever growing need.

 

Why Train With Us

·                     Our main course tutors and assessor are highly skilled healthcare and/or exercise professionals who are able to combine their academic expertise with their practical experience as they deliver the courses

·                     Our guest tutors are experts in their field and are known to be excellent communicators

·                     We are constantly updating the course content as a result of research and current Government guidelines and are continually look for ways to improve the course

·                     We offer extremely good value for money

·                     We are a not-for-profit organisation - the event of income exceeding expenditure we will donate the excess to charities working with disadvantaged children and older people in the UK and overseas

 

Testimonials

These are some of the comments that we have recently received about the course and the training:

·                     "Our tutor, who used to be a nurse, has excellent background knowledge and practical experience which was invaluable. Her support and encouragement was very helpful as I don't come from a nursing background and know very little about the body."

·                     "I particularly enjoyed the sessions on falls and injuries, in fact, I was fascinated by the different trials that have been carried out.   There is so much room for help and improvement and I can immediately apply these findings to individuals I know in my work setting who would have benefitted hugely from some sort of falls prevention work."  Nicola from Bournemouth.

·                     "It was excellent to carry out an actual health assessment interview on an older volunteer.   It has made me realise how complex this is as elderly people are on such a lot of medications these days."

·                     "Our tutor (Diane) was very encouraging and equipped us with all the relevant skills – she made it fun so we will remember it, thank you, and the assessor (Miles) really put us at our ease."

·                     "Our instructor, James, was a super young man who really conveyed his passion and enthusiasm for his subject.   A real find!   His presentation was good and I enjoyed the activities and the wine tasting!!!"

·                     "I had been looking for training to teach exercise to older people, so to find this course locally was brilliant.   The depth of the syllabus and the professionalism of the tutoring have exceeded my expectations, and learning has been fun." Julie from Wareham, Dorset.

·                     "I was looking for something where I could use my brain, work with older people and make me feel useful and fulfilled - this course has answered all of those things.   It has been challenging and great fun and I have already got four classes set up and ready to go." Ann from Verwood, Dorset.

·                     "The information on obesity was really very interesting, I plan to set up an obesity exercise class in the community"

·                     "The course has given me the knowledge and confidence to set up an exercise class and to prescribe individual exercise programmes" Kath from Wimborne, Dorset.

·                     "It was a privilege to be allowed to visit and join in some real Younger 4 Longer exercise sessions at the local community hall and the retirement home."

·                     "It was great fun organising and planning the 'Holiday in the Hall'.   I'm excited by the prospect of organising a health promotion event during part 2 of the course."

·                     "The teaching practice was valuable and the feedback from everyone was very helpful."

·                     "I enjoyed the group work, it was good to bounce different ideas off each other and consider all the possibilities."

·                     "It was really good to be able to watch a real class in action!   I was amazed at the old folk's agility and it was wonderful to see how much they enjoyed it all!   I want to get going on a class of my own now!"

·                     "I've enjoyed it all, especially the practical sessions."

·                     "All very interesting - I loved the clog dance by Julie and her paint brush routine was brilliant!"

·                     "James made it interesting, funny and varied."

·                     "I really enjoyed visiting the circuit training session and was impressed with the fitness level of the ladies who regularly take part each week."

 

Our Vision & Mission

Our Vision

We look forward to the day when there is an abundance of community groups, day centres and luncheon clubs across the UK where a wide range of needs are being met - physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual; where at least one member of staff has the knowledge, confidence and skills required to provide a range of activities that will enrich the lives of those in their care, improving health, quality of life and feelings of self worth. 

We will seek to realise this vision by:

·                     offering good quality, evidence based training which has been designed specifically for those working with older people and which provides the knowledge, skills and confidence required to deliver this much needed service

·                     adapting the training in order to meet the specific needs and requirements of individual applicants and care providers

·                     seeking to attract funding which will help to keep the costs low

·                     working in partnership with other organisations in order to maintain quality assurance

·                     keeping our tutors and candidates up to date with the results of relevant research

 

Our Mission

We are passionate in our desire to train dedicated individuals who share our vision to promote the health and well-being of this valuable group in our society.   We believe that by working together, we will be able to guarantee easy access to opportunities that will help to maintain health, strength and independence, enhance feelings of self worth and enrich the lives of countless older people, thereby ensuring that no older person is forced to live a lonely, isolated life which is devoid of meaningful relationships.  

 

Our Values

Honesty

We found all of our activities on openness and honesty, believing that by cultivating honesty, each individual is given the strength to make difficult choices and to accept responsibility for the consequences of their own actions.

 

Trust

We believe that total honesty will encourage mutual trust to flourish, trust between tutors, candidates and the older people we serve; between Younger 4 Longer, employers and partnership organisations.    

 

Fairness

We are committed to ensuring that every individual, whether staff or candidate, is treated fairly at all times.

 

Respect

We believe that all candidates and staff must be treated with equal respect at all times; equality and diversity will be recognised, valued and promoted.   

 

Responsibility

We believe that all candidates and staff should take responsibility for their own behaviour and should seek to discourage all acts of bad behaviour or dishonesty.

 

Course Tutors & Assessors

Tutors

Diane is a Registered General Nurse, Qualified Teacher and Specialist Exercise Instructor Level 4.   She has been teaching evidence based exercise sessions to older people in the community for 11 years, including Phase lV Cardiac Rehabilitation, Falls Prevention, Circuit Training, Chair Based Exercise and Exercise to Music sessions.  

In addition to her nursing and exercise instructor qualifications Diane has a BA (Hons) Education & Training and a Certificate in Education.   In 2006, while working as a tutor for Poole Adult Learning, as a result of an excellent report following an ALI/OFSTED inspection, Diane was invited to join the Tutor Observation Team, a role which she took on and enjoyed.  

 

Hello! I am James and I run East to West which is a small catering and events business with a big capacity!   We cater for all types of events, and work with local business to support their specific needs, which means our size plays to your strengths!   My passions include all things food, which is why I love teaching about food, nutrition and food safety on the Younger 4 Longer Diploma courses.

I have two degrees in hospitality and tourism subjects, and have eight years experience working in the busy catering and hospitality industry – and I’ve loved every moment!   As well as running a busy business I am also a trustee for Living Hope Africa, a small charity helping support young people who need a second chance in Kenya.   It’s a great way to help keep young people off the streets and out of poverty, offering them a fresh start and fresh opportunities.

Check out my business and charity websites for lots more info:

www.ewevents.co.uk

www.livinghopeafrica.com

 

Assessors

Karen Walls and Miles Jarvis are both Registered Nurses.   Along side her nursing qualification Karen has a BA (Hons) degree in Education & Training.   Miles is a senior nursing professional with extensive clinical skills developed over ten years while supervising a busy UK hospital Accident and Emergency Department

 

Guest Tutors

We also invite a number of local guest tutors who are experts in their field and have up-to-date knowledge and skills.   Where possible guest tutors with a range of backgrounds will be included, for example:

·                     Geriatrician / Nurse Practioner

·                     Cardiologist / Nurse Practioner

·                     Physiotherapist

·                     Pharmacist

·                     Royal Society for Public Health approved instructor

·                     First Aid Instructor

·                     Tai Chi Instructor

·                     Bereavement Counsellor

·                     Representative from Age Concern

·                     Representative from Help the Aged

·                     Minister of religion

 

Our Partners

Younger 4 Longer Training has been delighted to receive support and encouragement from several organisations, we thank them all most sincerely for their expertise, support and generosity.  

Our partners include:

·                     Help the Aged

·                     The Royal Society for Public Health

·                     Association of First Aiders

·                     Poole Adult Learning

·                     Citygate Church, Bournemouth

·                     The Co-operative Foundation

·                     The Anchor Foundation

·                     East Dorset District Council

·                     The Seedbed Trust - an anonymous group who kindly donated £5,000 to be used as required in the training of volunteers.

 

Our Vacancies

We are currently working to expand our team of trainers in order to offer the course in other areas of the UK

Do you share our vision, mission and values?    Do you have one or more of the following qualifications:

·                     general nursing

·                     health and social care

·                     exercise to music  instructor

·                     fitness instructor

·                     Extend teacher (or similar)

·                     BACR phase lV exercise instructor

·                     postural stability instructor

·                     GP referral consultant

·                     first aid at work

·                     assessor

·                     verifier

·                     anatomy & physiology level 3 or above

·                     diet & nutrition level 3 or above

·                     supervising food safety level 3 or above

·                     health & safety level 3 or above

·                     pastoral care/counselling level 3 or above

If yes, would you like to join our team of part time, freelance tutors?

All of our tutors must either hold, or be willing to study and gain the Diploma for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, must register with the Institute for Learning and maintain their continuing professional development programme 

All of our tutors must have good experience of working with older people and be currently working with older people 

All of our tutors must be highly organised, self motivated and have a desire to teach others to serve older people

All of our tutors must have their own insurance cover and professional indemnity  

If you have the relevant qualifications and experience and are interested in joining our team of trainers please email your CV to Younger 4 Longer

 

Qualifications

Life Enrichment Facilitator Diploma

This short professional course is ideal for anyone who works with, or plans to work with, older people in a range of community based settings.

 

Course Aims

This course will give caring people the knowledge, competence and confidence required to:

·                     set up and run new community groups for older people in their church, village or community hall, including new luncheon clubs & new exercise groups

·                     ensure that they meet the requirements of the law

·                     develop the provision of existing community groups

·                     assess a persons levels of general health, fitness and lifestyle

 

And to offer some or all of the following:

·                     safe, simple yet effective evidence based exercise advice to older people that will help to prevent falls and injuries and help improve and maintain the health, strength, mobility and independence

·                     fun and social interaction, e.g. 'Holiday in the Hall', day trips, tea dances

·                     lifelong learning opportunities, e.g. through participation in the 'Dark Horse Project' and the 'Younger for Longer Award'

·                     simple health checks, e.g. monitoring of blood pressure

·                     gentle advice and guidance concerning changes required for a more healthy lifestyle

·                     pastoral care

·                     opportunities for older people to help enrich the lives of others

 

By doing this, countless numbers of older people will be assisted to live life to the full and avoid the loneliness, isolation, low self esteem, ill health, falls, injuries, loss of mobility and independence that might otherwise be theirs.  They will know that they are valued, loved and cared for, and will have the opportunity to show that they still have an important role to play in the community.

 

Syllabus

This is a very practical course, however it is vitally important that the skills gained are founded upon a good understanding of sound, evidence based theory, both are therefore included in the course syllabus.

 

Module 1 - Anatomy & Physiology

·                     the human body & how it works

·                     basic human needs

·                     introduction to good nutrition & healthy eating 

 

Module 2 - Ageing & Disease

·                     the effects of ageing

·                     diseases & conditions associated with ageing

·                     relevant medications

·                     promoting safety in the home & the prevention of accidents

 

Module 3 - Promoting Health, Strength & Independence

·                     promoting an active lifestyle

·                     principles of exercise

·                     evidence based exercise for people with ongoing health conditions & diseases including frequent falls, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, includes the FaME and Otago programmes and an introduction to Tai Chi exercises

·                     planning to teach a range of safe & simple exercises to older people

·                     teaching a range of safe & simple exercises to older people

·                     evaluating the session and own performance

 

Module 4 - Promoting Lifelong Learning

·                     communication skills

·                     can older people really learn new things?

·                     promoting lifelong learning

·                     overcoming barriers to learning

·                     learning styles

·                     identifying interests

·                     teaching / learning strategies

·                    providing suitable and worthwhile learning opportunities

 

 Module 5 - Promoting Spiritual, Social & Emotional Well-being

·                     providing opportunities to express spiritual beliefs

·                     providing opportunities for pastoral care & counselling

·                     dying, bereavement and the grieving process

·                     providing opportunities for exciting and fun packed social interaction

·                     providing opportunities to promote feelings of belonging, worth and having a role in life

 

Module 6 - The Tool Kit

·                     communication skills

·                     equality & diversity

·                     data protection

·                     health, safety & risk assessment

·                     basic first aid

·                     CPR skills

·                     essential food hygiene

·                     manual handling

·                     business awareness - staying within the law

 

Assessments

The assessments for the Life Enrichment Facilitator Diploma are as follows:

 

Ongoing Assessments:

These will be made throughout the course to ensure that all candidates gain knowledge, understanding and competence - pass or fail will not be an issue. 

·                     quizzes

·                     group activities

·                     problem solving

·                     case studies

·                     assessing a persons level of health and fitness

·                     preparing and giving a short presentation

·                     multi choice question tests

·                     preparing and providing an opportunity for older people to help enrich the lives of others - this may be an individual or group project

·                     organising and supervising a day trip to a place of interest or a social activity of your choice for local older people - this may be an individual or group project

·                     organising a learning opportunity for older people in your locality - this may be an individual or group project

 

Final Assessments:

There are no final assessments for applicants wishing to attend for personal interest only and who do not require a formal qualification. 

Candidates requiring a formal qualification will be required to pass the following assessments:

 

At the end of Part 1:

·                     preparation of a 1 hour seated exercise session for less active and able older

people or people with chronic illnesses or conditions which includes exercises to prevent falls and injuries

·                     teaching part of the prepared session

·                     multiple choice and short answer question paper

 

At the end of Part 2:

·                     preparation of a 1 hour exercise to music / circuit training session which is suitable  for beginners to exercise, active older people, Phase lV Cardiac Rehabilitation

·                     teaching part of the prepared session

·                     multiple choice and short answer question paper

 

Additional assessments where required:

·                     first aid at work

·                     level 2 health & safety in the workplace

·                     level 2 food safety in catering 

·                     level 2 healthier food and special diets

·                     level 2 health promotion

 

Cost

The cost of the Life Enrichment Facilitator Diploma is £1,598 which can be paid in full or in instalments.

Please don't let the cost be a barrier to training as some funding is available to help towards the cost of the training where required (up to 50%).

Methods of payment are as follows:

·                     two payments of £440 to be paid before the commencement of the course + ten weekly payments of £80 to be paid during the first term

 or

·                     two payments of £440 to be paid before the commencement of the course + four monthly payments of £200 to be paid during the first term

 or

·                     two payments of £840

 or

·                     one payment of £1,598

These includes all tuition fees, course materials and Younger 4 Longer Assessment fee.

Plus additional assessment fees for external examinations (if required)

 

Cost of Individual Externally Set & Marked Courses

·                     First Aid at Work -   £90.00

·                     Level 2 Award in Healthier Food & Special Diets  -   £40.00

·                     Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering -   £40.00

·                     Level 2 Award in Health Promotion -   £90.00

·                     Level 2 Award in Health & Safety in the Work Place -   £40.00

 

Diploma in Teaching Evidence Based Exercise

This short professional course is ideal for healthcare and exercise professionals, anyone who works with older people in a range of settings and anyone interested in maintaining their own health and fitness.

 

Course Aims

This course will give caring people the knowledge, competence and confidence required to:

·                     give safe, simple yet effective evidence based exercise advice to adults of all ages suffering with chronic diseases and conditions and to older people, for example, exercises to prevent falls and injuries, to improve the cardiovascular system, to promote weight loss, to reduce health risk factors

·                     give safe, simple yet effective evidence based exercise advice to generally fit and healthy adults, including a variety of exercises that will help improve and maintain health, strength, mobility and independence

·                     ensure that they meet the requirements of the law

·                     set up and run new exercise groups for older people in the community

·                     assess a persons levels of general health, fitness and lifestyle

·                     perform simple health checks, e.g. monitoring of blood pressure

·                     give gentle advice and guidance concerning changes required for a more healthy lifestyle

By doing this, countless numbers of adults and older people will be assisted to live life to the full, maintaining health strength and independence and avoiding falls, injuries and other health problems.

 

Syllabus

This is a very practical course, however it is vitally important that the skills gained are founded upon a good understanding of sound, evidence based theory, both are therefore included in the course syllabus.

 

Module 1 - Anatomy & Physiology

·                     the human body & how it works

·                     basic human needs

·                     introduction to good nutrition & healthy eating 

 

Module 2 - Ageing & Disease

·                     the effects of ageing

·                     diseases & conditions associated with ageing

·                     relevant medications

·                     promoting safety in the home & the prevention of accidents

 

Module 3 - Promoting Health, Strength & Independence

·                     promoting an active lifestyle

·                     principles of exercise

·                     evidence based exercise for people with ongoing health conditions & diseases including frequent falls, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, includes the FaME and Otago programmes and an introduction to Tai Chi exercises

·                     planning to teach a range of safe & simple exercises to older people

·                     teaching a range of safe & simple exercises to older people

·                     evaluating the session and own performance

 

Module 4 - The Tool Kit 

·                     communication skills

·                     equality & diversity

·                     data protection

·                     health, safety & risk assessment

·                     basic first aid

·                     CPR skills

·                     essential food hygiene

·                     manual handling

·                     business awareness - staying within the law

 

Course Structure

The Teaching Evidence Based Exercise course is divided into two parts.    Candidates may opt to study part 1 only in order to meet their educational and professional needs.   However, candidates are encouraged to progress to part 2 and so gain the knowledge and skills required to give advice and guidance to adults with a wide range of health and fitness needs.  

Coming soon - a CPD unit concerning teaching ante and post natal exercise. 

 

Part 1

This focuses on the needs of beginners to exercise, frail, less active and less mobile people and the prevention of falls and injuries. 

Candidates who study part one only will gain the Certificate in Teaching Evidence Based Exercise and will be qualified to teach a range of safe, suitable and evidence based exercises in a chair based exercise session:

·                     that will help improve / maintain muscular strength and endurance, mobility, independence, balance and co-ordination and prevent falls and injuries

·                     to wheelchair users

·                     to frail older people

·                     to people who have suffered a stroke  

 

Part 2

This focuses on the needs of the more active and able adult with particular reference to cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes and newcomers to exercise.

Candidates who progress to part two will gain the full Diploma in Teaching Evidence Based Exercise and will also be qualified to prescribe and teach a range of safe, suitable and evidence based exercises:

·                     to newcomers to exercise

·                     for people who have entered Phase lV Cardiac Rehabilitation

·                     designed specifically to meet the needs of people suffering with high risk diseases and conditions associated with ageing, for example, coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity

·                     that will help reduce intermittent claudication

·                     that will help reduce risk factors associated with ill health by improving general health, strength mobility and independence

·                     suitable for active older people suffering with low risk conditions and diseases associated with ageing

 

Assessments                                                                 

The assessments for the Diploma in Teaching Evidence Based Exercise are as follows:

 

Ongoing Assessments:

These will be made throughout the course to ensure that all candidates gain knowledge, understanding and competence - pass or fail will not be an issue. 

·                     quizzes

·                     group activities

·                     problem solving

·                     case studies

·                     assessing a persons level of health and fitness

·                     multi choice question tests

 

Final Assessments:

There are no final assessments for applicants wishing to attend for personal interest only and who do not require a formal qualification. 

Candidates requiring a formal qualification will be required to pass the following assessments:

 

At the end of Part 1:

·                     preparation of a 1 hour seated exercise session for less active and able older

people or people with chronic illnesses or conditions which includes exercises to prevent falls and injuries

·                      teaching part of the prepared session

·                     multiple choice and short answer question paper

 

At the end of Part 2:

·                     preparation of a 1 hour exercise to music / circuit training session which is suitable for beginners to exercise, active older people, Phase lV Cardiac Rehabilitation / obesity

·                     teaching part of the prepared session

 

Additional assessments where required for:

·                     first aid at work 

·                     RSHP qualifications

 

Cost

Diploma Course

The cost of the full Diploma in Teaching Evidence Based Exercise (parts one and two) is £1598 which can be paid in full or in instalments.

Please don't let the cost be a barrier to training as some funding is available to help towards the cost of the training where required (up to 50%).

Methods of payment are as follows:

·                     two payments of £440 to be paid before the commencement of the course + ten weekly payments of £80 to be paid during the first term

 or

·                     two payments of £440 to be paid before the commencement of the course + four monthly payments of £200 to be paid during the first term

 or

·                     two payments of £840

 or

·                     one payment of £1598

 

Certificate Course

The cost of the Certificate in Teaching Evidence Based Exercise (part one only) is £800 which can be paid in full or in instalments.

Methods of payment are as follows:

·                     two payments of £2210 to be paid before the commencement of the course + ten weekly payments of £40 to be paid during the first term

 or

·                     two payments of £220 to be paid before the commencement of the course + four monthly payments of £100 to be paid during the first term

 or

·                     two payments of £420

 or

·                     one payment of £800

These includes all tuition fees, course materials and Younger 4 Longer Assessment fee.

Plus, when required - the additional assessment fees for the First Aid at Work qualification -   £90.00

 

First Aid Courses

We will run HSE approved first aid courses in and around Wimborne, Poole and Bournemouth according to local demand, including:

 

First Aid at Work

This is an HSE approved qualification which meets the statutory requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 for the First Aider in the workplace.    It is suitable for all people wishing to gain the knowledge, competence and confidence required to provide emergency life support, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid.   The course is based on the most recent edition of the First Aid Manual.   

The course is based on the most recent edition of the First Aid Manual (currently the 9th edition) and will cover the following:

·                     duties of a first aider

·                     managing an incident

·                     assessing a casualty

·                     the unconscious casualty

·                     medical emergencies

·                     conditions affecting the respiratory system

·                     conditions affecting the circulatory system

·                     conditions affecting the nervous system

·                     injuries to bones, joints & muscles

·                     burns & scalds

·                     the effects of heat & cold

·                     foreign objects, poisoning, bites & stings

·                     maintaining accurate records

·                     techniques and equipment

·                     the first aid kit and other resources

·                     first aid at work and the law

 

Duration of the Course

The course will last for 21 hours

 

Assessments

As well as the ongoing assessment of knowledge and skills gained, you will be required to take part in incident role plays in order to demonstrate an active knowledge of current recommendations concerning CPR, emergency life support and first aid treatment.   There will be three parts to the assessment:

·                     cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a manikin - the assessor will act as a willing bystander

·                     the management of an unconscious but breathing casualty - no help will be available

·                     the correct treatment of a casualty suffering with one or more of the following:

P medical emergency

P severe bleeding

P shock

P severe burn

P choking

P sprain or strain

A first aid box will be available and the assessor will be a willing bystander

The certificate is valid for 3 years, but the current guidelines strongly recommend that first aid trained staff should attend a half-day update every twelve months, and in order to maintain the qualification it is necessary to attend a First Aid at Work Requalification course before the certificate expires.

 

Cost

£230.00 this includes tuition fees, course materials and assessment fees.

 

Emergency First Aid at Work

This course is an HSE approved qualification which meets the statutory requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.    It is suitable for all people wishing to gain a basic knowledge, competence and confidence required to provide emergency life support, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid, but is particularly suitable for people wishing to become the First Aider in their lower risk workplace.    The course is based on the most recent edition of the First Aid Manual and will cover the following:

·                     first aid priorities

·                     managing an incident

·                     assessing a casualty

·                     emergency life support

·                     the unconscious casualty

·                     the control of bleeding

·                     burns & scalds

·                     maintaining accurate records

·                     techniques and equipment

·                     the first aid kit and other resources

 

Duration of the Course

The Emergency First Aid at Work course takes approximately 6 hours to complete and includes both theory and practical sessions.   There is no final examination or assessment, candidates who demonstrate a sound knowledge and safe first aid skills during the practical parts of the day will be awarded the Emergency First Aid at Work certificate which is valid for 3 years.   The current guidelines strongly recommend that first aid trained staff should attend a half-day update every twelve months.

 

Cost

£72.00 this includes tuition fees and course materials.     

 

First Aid at Work Requalification

This is an HSE approved qualification which meets the statutory requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 for the First Aider in the workplace.    The course is based on the most recent edition of the First Aid Manual and will cover the following:

·                     managing an incident

·                     assessing a casualty

·                     priorities of treatment

·                     emergency life support

·                     the unconscious casualty

·                     medical emergencies

·                     the control of bleeding

·                     burns & scalds

·                     injuries to bones, joints & muscles

·                     eye injuries

·                     maintaining accurate records

·                     techniques and equipment

·                     the first aid kit and other resources

·                     first aid at work and the law

 

Assessments

As well as the ongoing assessment of knowledge and skills gained, you will be required to take part in incident role plays in order to demonstrate an active knowledge of current recommendations concerning CPR, emergency life support and first aid treatment.   There will be three parts to the assessment:

·                     cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a manikin - the assessor will act as a willing bystander

·                     the management of an unconscious but breathing casualty - no help will be available

·                     the correct treatment of a casualty suffering with one or more of the following:

P medical emergency

P severe bleeding

P shock

P severe burn

P choking

P sprain or strain

A first aid box will be available and the assessor will be a willing bystander

 

Duration of the Course

The First Aid at Work Requalification course takes approximately 14 hours to complete and includes both theory and practical sessions and final assessments.   The certificate is valid for 3 years, but the current guidelines strongly recommend that first aid trained staff should attend a half-day update every twelve months.   In order to maintain the qualification it is necessary to attend a First Aid at Work Requalification course before the certificate expires.

 

Cost

£160.00 this includes tuition fees, course materials and assessment fees.         

 

Level 2 Award in Health Promotion

This will provide a good understanding and skills required to promote a healthy lifestyle.   Cost £280.00.  

 

Level 2 Award in Healthier Food and Special Diets

This will provide a good understanding of the role of nutrition in the maintenance of good health, along with the basic principles of nutrition which underpin the production of healthy food and the preparation of special diets.   Cost £55.00.  

 

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering

This will provide a knowledge and understanding of the importance of food hygiene, associated food hazards, good hygiene practice and controls based upon an awareness of food safety management systems.     Cost £55.00.  

 

Level 2 Award in Health & Safety in the Work Place

This qualification will provide the knowledge and understanding required to identify potential hazards to health and safety in the workplace.   It will enable a person to maintain the safety of themselves and others.   Cost £55.00.  

 

Who Should Attend?

All of our courses are open to all people wishing to enrich their own lives and improve their own health and fitness or who wish to enrich the lives of others, no matter what their background or previous work experience, including:

·                     any caring person who wishes to enrich the lives of others by providing a range of exciting and stimulating activities and opportunities

·                     any caring person who wishes to teach evidence based exercise  to adults of all ages in order to help improve and maintain their health, strength and quality of life

·                     any caring person who wishes to help an older person to improve and maintain their health, strength and quality of life

·                     churches and other faith and community based groups wishing to provide a valuable service for adults of all ages, including older people, which will help to meet the needs of the whole person.  

·                     registered nurses, healthcare support workers and other caring people

P    who are already working with older people and who wish to add a new and worthwhile aspect to their work

P    who are in employment but would like to earn a little extra 'pocket money by doing something really worthwhile

P    who find themselves out of work, or taking time out to raise a family, but who wish to find employment / self employment which is related to healthcare and which has ‘family friendly hours’.

·                     staff of existing community based groups which already provide a luncheon club and other stimulating activities and opportunities, but would like to add to their service by providing safe and simple evidence based exercise advice and guidance to those who attend.

·                     anyone wanting to know how to safely maintain their own health, strength, mobility and independence without the expense of joining a leisure centre or club.

·                     exercise instructors wanting to teach exercise to older people

·                     day centre staff, rest home activity leaders and staff working in existing community based groups which provide coffee mornings but would like to offer a wider variety of worthwhile activities and opportunities.

 

Requirements

There are no specific requirements for applicants wishing to attend a Younger 4 Longer Training course for personal interest only and who do not require a formal qualification or for applicants wishing to attend an RSPH course or the First Aid course. 

For applicants wishing to gain the Teaching Evidence Based Exercise and the Life Enrichment Facilitator Diplomas the following will normally be required:

·                     applicants must be over the age of 18 years, there is no upper age limit

·                     applicants must have a working understanding of spoken and written English

·                     applicants must be working with or planning to work with older people

·                     a satisfactory character reference and CRB check

·                     as the course requires some physical exertion a reasonable degree of physical fitness is required, but applicants do not need to be 'super fit' or to have 'perfect bodies'.  Applicants will find that as the course progresses their physical fitness will improve - one of the many benefits of attending!

·                     applicants must be prepared to take part in all practical workshops

·                     applicants should have good interpersonal and communication skills

·                     applicants must be prepared to engage in additional private study as required to ensure a good understanding of each topic

·                     previous relevant experience and qualifications will be taken into consideration

 

Study Options for the Diploma Courses

The mode of study may be adapted to meet individual requirements.    Depending on local demand there are three possible options:

 

Option 1

Fully taught - this is the recommended option, particularly for applicants with little or no up-to-date knowledge of the subjects to be covered, as it provides sufficient time to learn the theory content as well as develop excellent teaching and demonstration skills.   The full course will run over 3 terms, part 1 only will run over 1½ terms.

·                     candidates attend for training on one full day per week during term time

 

Option 2

Home study plus practical study blocks (suitable for those who prefer to study alone or who have a sound and up-to-date knowledge and  understanding of the subjects to be covered).  

·                     candidates will attend one introductory day at the commencement of the course

·                     the theory content is studied at home by e-learning and / or paper based workbooks

·                     progress will be monitored by the course tutor through the completion of short written assignments and short video clips

·                     candidates will attend 2 x five day practical workshops, one for each part - these will coincide with school half terms

Please contact us for more information and commencement dates.

 

Option 3

Home study/revision plus fortnightly practical study days (suitable for those who prefer to study alone or who have a sound and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the subjects to be covered).   The full course will run over 3 terms, part 1 only will run over 1½  terms.

·                     the theory content is studied at home

·                     a topic or topics will be set each week which are to be studied prior to the following practical study day

·                     progress will be monitored by the course tutor who will be available to explain any difficult areas during the following the practical study day

·                     candidates will then attend practical study days on one day per fortnight during term time

 

Benefits of Diploma Training

For those who attend the training courses

·                     the opportunity to work in the community as self employed with 'family friendly' hours

·                     improvement in own health and fitness levels

·                     greater job satisfaction due to the new and worthwhile aspect added to their work

·                     improved employment prospects

·                     the opportunity to provide a much needed service in the community

·                     the opportunity to learn something new

 

For people attending the exercise sessions

Each person trained could greatly improve the quality of life and the feeling of self worth of up to 200 or more people by giving them opportunities:

·                     which will lead to the improvement / maintenance of strength, mobility and independence, with the associated health benefits

·                     that will help reduce the risk of falls and injuries, reduce body weight, reduce other health risk factors

·                     to take part in social activities

·                     to learn new things

·                     for regular health checks, e.g. blood pressure, visits from the chiropodist

·                     to access pastoral care or counselling if required

·                     for good preparation if hospital treatment is required

 

For employers e.g. NHS & Social Services

·                     reduced costs due to the reduction in need for admission to hospital or care homes

·                     improved health and fitness levels of staff

 

For church and other community based groups

·                     the opportunity to reach out to the community with a much needed practical service that is not fully provided by any other organisation

·                     the opportunity to enrich the lives of many people who are so often neglected by so many in society today   

·                     skilled personnel who have the competence and confidence to offer a wide range of activities for its own members

 

Progression

Advice will be given to all students concerning possible progression and further training, for example:

 

Healthcare Training:

·                     nursing

·                     healthcare support worker

·                     physiotherapy

·                     occupational therapy

 

Exercise Instructor Training:

·                     G.P. referral consultant

·                     personal trainer

·                     choreography and conditioning skills

·                     pilates instructor

 

Teacher Training:

·                     diploma for teaching in the lifelong learning sector

·                     B.A. degree in education & training

·                     assessor award

·                     verifier award

 

Other Training:

·                     health & safety - law & practice

·                     level 3 award in supervising food safety in catering

·                     diploma in nutrition

·                     diploma in counselling

 

Younger 4 Longer Exercise Classes

The following details refer to the Younger 4 Longer Exercise Sessions that are lead by Diane Priest, Registered Nurse / Specialist Exercise Instructor.   Her community based open classes include: 

·                     Exercise to Music Sessions

·                     Circuit Training / Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation Sessions

·                     Chair Based / Falls Prevention Sessions

We now have:

Exercise classes in Wimborne Dorset

Exercise classes in Verwood Dorset

Exercise classes in Ferndown Dorset

Exercise classes in Bournemouth Dorset

Exercise classes in Wareham Dorset

 

 

Exercise to Music sessions   

Who are they for?

Ideal for the more active and able ladies and gentlemen who want to improve / maintain general health and strength

 

What do we do?

During the first half of the class we:

·                     begin with a warm up

·                     do some cardiovascular exercise to music to improve / maintain the condition of the heart 

·                     end with a cool down

 

During the second half we do a selection of the following:

·                     muscle strengthening exercise using: small hand weights, ankle weights and resistance bands

·                     abdominal exercises

·                     pelvic floor exercises

·                     balance and co-ordination exercises

·                     flexibility stretches

·                     learn how to get down and up from the floor safely so that we can keep playing with the grandchildren!

 

We usually end with:

·                     a short period of relaxation

·                     a cup of tea or coffee

 

Circuit Training Sessions / Phase lV Cardiac Rehabilitation

Who are they for?

·                     Ideal for the more active and able ladies and gentlemen who want to improve / maintain general health and strength

·                     Ideal for cardiac rehabilitation, weight loss and general maintenance of health and strength

 

What do we do?

·                     begin with a warm up

·                     exercise the cardiovascular system using: steps, stationary bikes, rowing machines and rebounders

·                     at the same time improve / maintain upper body strength and endurance using small hand weights

·                     end the circuit with a cool down, some balance exercises and some flexibility stretches

 

Chair Based Exercise to Music / Prevention of Falls sessions

Who are they for?

·                     Ideal for the less active and less able older person who wishes to improve / maintain general health, strength mobility and independence

·                     Ideal for people who have had one or more falls and wish to improve their balance

·                     Wheelchair users and carers welcome

 

What do we do?

·                     begin with a warm up

·                     muscle strengthening exercise using: small hand weights, ankle weights and resistance bands

·                     abdominal exercises

·                     pelvic floor exercises

·                     balance and co-ordination exercises to improve balance and prevent falls and injuries

·                     learn how to get down onto and up from the floor safely so that we can continue to play with the grandchildren!

·                     flexibility stretches

 

We also use a variety of small, household items to add an element of fun! e.g.

·                     chiffon scarves

·                     tennis balls and 7" balls

·                     ribbons

·                     cake boards

·                     small hoops

·                     batons

·                     Christmas crackers, tinsel and other Christmas decorations

 

We usually end with:

·                     a short period of relaxation

·                     a cup of tea or coffee

 

About Diane

Diane is a Registered General Nurse, Qualified Teacher and Specialist Exercise Instructor.   She has been teaching evidence based exercise sessions to older people in the community for 11 years, including Phase lV Cardiac Rehabilitation, Falls Prevention, Circuit Training, Chair Based Exercise and Exercise to Music sessions.  

In addition to her nursing and exercise instructor qualifications Diane has a BA (Hons) Education & Training and a Certificate in Education.   In 2006, while working as a tutor for Poole Adult Learning, as a result of an excellent report following an ALI/OFSTED inspection, Diane was invited to join the Tutor Observation Team, a role which she took on and enjoyed.  

Along side the exercise sessions, Diane performs simple health checks at the classes and promotes healthy lifestyles, makes pastoral visits to members who are unwell or in hospital, organises day trips, bring & share lunches & teas and other social activities.   She also provides occasional new learning opportunities for members of the exercise classes.

Diane is a member of the Royal College of Nursing, is a member of the Institute for Learning, is entered at Level 4, Specialist Instructor, on the Register of Exercise Professionals and is the founder of the 'Younger 4 Longer' © exercise programme in Wimborne.   In recent years Diane has developed a new training course which is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and which will train caring people to work with older people, teaching evidence based exercise and providing a range of additional and worthwhile activities and opportunities.

Diane is married to Jim, has two adult sons, David and Samuel, and is an active member of Citygate Church Bournemouth where she leads the first aid team, is part of the audio-visuals team and cooks for the young people at the annual New Frontiers youth camp 'Newday'.

 

 

Testimonials from Y4L Members

Attendance at community based exercise sessions designed specifically for older people can help many different conditions and situations, for example:

 

Heart Disease & Diabetes

Ann, a newly qualified Younger 4 Longer teacher emailed us to say, "I have just finished my 11th Chair Based class at the Leisure Centre.   Joan, aged 73 and who has had 2 heart attacks and Type 2 Diabetes, has been coming every week and gave me the following feedback:  

"I have been coming to the chair based class since it started on April 14th 2011.   Since attending I have:

- been walking better

- started gardening again

- been able to get up out of the chair better

- been able to do more housework than I have for ages, even mopping the floor

- gained the confidence to go out shopping on my own, something I haven't done since my last heart attack"

She has said she can be quoted in any publicity materials etc.   I was quite pleased I must say!"

 

High Blood Pressure

Roger says, "I only went along to the classes to keep my sister company but I'm so glad that I did.   The nurse who runs the classes invited me for a simple health check and, as I believed myself to be a very fit and healthy sort of chap, thought I'd pass with flying colours!

I was shocked when she checked my blood pressure and found it to be dangerously high.   She was very good about it and wouldn't let me join in the class until I had been checked out by my GP.   I would never have thought about going to get it checked because I felt so fit and healthy - if she hadn't checked it who knows what would have happened - I dread to think!

It was several weeks before I was able to return to the exercise classes for it took a while to get the blood pressure down to an acceptable level."

 

Arthritis & Hip Replacement

Sheila writes, "I suffer from painful arthritis in many of my joints, and receive great benefit from regular attendance, twice a week, at the exercise classes.   I am convinced that I achieved greater mobility than would otherwise be expected by participating in these classes.   The exercises are set to music and with genial, friendly company; the atmosphere is most relaxing which helps to encourage us all to exert ourselves with that necessary extra effort.

Nearly five years ago I was given a total hip replacement and I credit my swift recovery being considerably helped by membership of the classes both before and after my operation.   Interestingly many of the exercises already in our routine were those also recommended by the physiotherapist in my post operative care.

I look forward to my exercise sessions each week where I enjoy the social contact and have made many new friends."  

 

Calf Pain

Anne says, "Thank you so very much for setting up the Younger 4 Longer clubs.   When I first started to attend the exercise sessions 9 years ago, I found that I had to stop 3 or 4 times during the session to rest because of pains in my calves.   Now I can get through the whole session without any pain.

We all really enjoy the day trips too, especially the one to the Isle of Wight, the ride on the ferry made it seem like a real holiday.   I have never been to the Island before and would never have gone on my own, I can't wait for the next outing."

 

Following a Broken Leg

Betty says, "I have been coming to the 'Younger for Longer' exercise classes for about 8 years.   Last year, as the result of a fall I fractured my femur.

I have returned to my exercise class and am finding the exercises very beneficial.   It is so important to strengthen the muscles and get them working properly again - I thoroughly recommend it.   An added bonus is exercising with other people, it is great fun and very good therapy!"

 

Being a Little Overweight

Gwen wrote, "Thank you for your very enjoyable classes which, over the five years I have been coming, have improved my fitness and reduced my weight by a whole stone!

I find the classes energising, stimulating and beneficial, I look forward to many more years of exercising together,"

 

Blindness & Loss of Balance

Daisy says, "Just before my 90th birthday I fell and broke my hip, but I made a good recovery and have returned to my exercise class.   Going back to the classes in our local village hall has been a real help to regaining my confidence and mobility.   I've learned how to get up off the floor safely if I do fall again and, even though I'm registered blind, I've been able to get out and about on the buses again."

 

Following Heart Surgery

June said,   "I have been a member of Younger 4 Longer for 9 years now.   A few years ago I had to have emergency open heart surgery over in Brighton.   Throughout my time in hospital I practiced the exercises that I had been taught at the exercise classes.   I know it was doing that that helped me get through it all - I know that doing the exercises that I had learned at the classes helped me to get walking again and on to a speedy recovery.

After a few months of convalescence I joined the sitting down classes to begin with in order to regain my confidence and was delighted to be able to return to the active class where I was able to fully take part."

 

Following a Broken Hip

Janet says,   "I tripped while playing badminton and broke my hip. After recovering, I hadn't the confidence to return to the sport but felt I needed the exercise.

I joined the Younger 4 Longer exercise classes and found the leg exercises especially helpful to regaining the strength in my leg.   I find the other exercises are beneficial for keeping fit generally."

 

Loneliness & Isolation

Margaret says, "The best thing about the Younger 4 Longer group is getting out and meeting people, it's the highlight of my week.  

I have done so many things there that I would never have thought possible, going on outings, meeting new friends, knitting hats and gloves and things for poor children overseas and packing the little shoe boxes with presents for them - I don't have any close family of my own, so I'm pleased to be able to do it for them instead.  

I have never been one for exercising, but I do join in the classes because everyone tells me it's good for me, I do have to admit though, even the exercises can be good fun!"

 

Contact Us

For more information, or to apply to join a course near you, please contact Younger 4 Longer Training by Email at:

younger4longer@btinternet.com