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Mental Health First Aid Training

The Canine Assisted Wellbeing Group provides Workplaces Schools, Colleges and Universities fully certified mental health first aid courses qualifying delegates as mental health first aiders.

The course options are below:

  • Level 1 Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health – 4 hours
  • Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health – 6 hours
  • Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health – 12 hours

The course is aimed at workplaces who wish to enhance their employee Wellbeing Action Plan (WAP) and to encourage schools to have a qualified Mental Health First Aider alongside their provision for practical first aid. If you would like to run any of the above courses please contact us.

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First Aid Training

The Canine Assisted Wellbeing Group (CAWG) offers fully accredited first aid training conducted by our fully qualified trainers.

It is a legal requirement for an employer to provide adequate and appropriate first-aid equipment, necessary facilities and trained personnel in the event of an employee needing immediate help if they are injured or taken ill at work (Health and Safety First-Aid Regulations 1981).

This applies to all workplaces irrespective of company size and number of staff and is an essential company obligation to its employees.  Our courses can be tailored to suit individuals or groups of any size and are fully certified by NUCO.  A certificate is received upon completion.

We offer the following course options:

  • 3 Day First-Aid at Work (NUCO accredited):  This three day course includes both theory and practical sessions and is ideal for anyone within the workplace that is required to be a First Aider in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.   Each participant will receive a NUCO registered certificate upon successful completion of the course.

  • 2 Day First-Aid at Work (refresher):  This 2 day course is suitable for anyone who is looking for a refresher and allows the participant(s) who have previously taken the 3 day First Aid at Work course to be recertified.  It is an ideal way to focus on refreshing skills and being brought up to date on changes to current laws and guidelines.  Each participant will receive a NUCO registered certificate upon successful completion of the course.  

  • 1 Day Emergency First-Aid at Work:  This one day course focuses on the minimum standard for first aid work  set out by the HSE.  It teaches real lifesaving skills that can be used in and out of the workplace, providing valuable knowledge and confidence to the participants.  Each participant will receive a NUCO registered certificate upon successful completion of the course.  

  • Basic Life Support (3 hours):  This simple but valuable course is designed to offer participants useful, practical and potentially lifesaving information and guidance on basic life support.  This includes resuscitation, recovery position and airway management.   Each participant will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.  

3-hour Student First Aid Course

The new 3-hour student first aid course has been designed for key stage 3 and key stage 4 students (11+ years) and fulfils the requirements of the Department for Education in respect of first aid training.

The Government announced that Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education will become compulsory from September 2020 across all state-funded schools in England and this includes basic first aid training. However, due to school closures, schools that are not able to implement the changes will now have until Summer term 2021 to do so.

Canine Assisted Learning have developed our new 3 hour Student First Aid Course to help with this valuable training ensuring these basic potentially life-saving skills are communicated with this key audience in a concise and effective manner.

Our courses can take place at your school or establishment and can be conducted with varying group sizes.  We are taking bookings for the new term now.  Please contact us for more information.


School Dog Training


The CAL Affiliate school dog training programme is designed for any and all establishments that would like one of their members of staff to work with their own dog.  This would involve a detailed assessment to establish the best way to implement a bespoke training plan for the staff member/team and dog to work together to provide homegrown support to the people in and out of their organisation.  

Here at CAL, we have extensive experience working with schools and educational organisations who have wanted to have their own affiliate dog to work with their staff and students.  Over the years we have extended this service to include a similar set-up in care homes, mental health settings and for individuals – most commonly counsellors/mental health practitioners who would like to involve a dog in their own personal practice and work.

For more information please take a look at our Affiliate School Dog page

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“Just like physical health we all have mental health. Every one of us will face setbacks in our lives. And every one of us will face challenges with our mental health as a result. The consequences of this silence, confusion, stigma and even shame have reached a crisis point in the UK”  

The Duke of Cambridge