Our Impact

Our Impact

We take our environmental & social impact seriously, with stretching impact targets set each year.

Our mission statement is quite simple:

Knowledge, Empowerment, Sustainability: Providing knowledge for personal growth and business success, while promoting sustainable practices that benefit people and the planet.

It’s what we do; not because we have to, but because we should do.

Our current impact metrics include:

  • Plastics and Packaging
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Charities and Charity Discounts
  • Paper usage
  • Accessibility & Inclusion
  • Menopause
  • Electricity and electrical items
  • First aid training materials
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Travel and Accommodation
  • Food waste
  • Chemicals and cleaning products
  • Everything else

We regularly monitor & review our impact targets. If there is something else that we can add, we will, and you’ll be able to read about it on this page.

Plastics & Packaging

Absolutely crushing it!

We’re immensely proud to be members of the Surfers Against Sewage: Ocean Network, removing plastics from the beaches and seas around the UK.

To date you have helped us fund;

• 48 reusable beach clean kits. These provide collection and safety equipment for 30 amazing volunteers!
• 3,596Kg of plastic removed from UK beaches, streams, mountains and streets assuming that these kits are only used once. (But they’re heavy duty and reusable!)

CPR manikins: Our CPR manikins use single-use recyclable plastic lungs, but we’re always looking for more environmentally friendly options. These are broken down into hard and soft plastics & recycled using municipal recycling schemes. CPR manikin faces are also cleaned between use using plastic wipes. Read how we’re managing this below.

Pens: We’ve purchased a brand new type of pen for use on our courses by candidates. The pen is 80% bio-compostable, with the rest being recyclable. The pens can also be refilled, extending their lifespan even further!

All other plastics & packaging is segregated, cleaned where necessary & recycled using commercial & municipal recycling schemes.

Ocean Network Logo

 

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Carbon Dioxide

Absolutely smashing it!

Carbon Sequestering

We’re immensely proud to be working in partnership with JUST ONE Tree. Our partnership means that every time you book on a course, we donate a portion of your course fee to JUST ONE Tree.

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JUST ONE Tree is a non-profit initiative who work to reverse biodiversity loss through global reforestation, helping to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

JUST ONE Tree plant trees on land and kelp forests in the oceans, restoring the entire ecosystem.

Trees are planted in areas severely affected by deforestation to maximise the effect on reducing global warming. In the process, they help to provide agricultural education and sustainable incomes to local communities.

They also focus on helping to shape the next generation of planet-conscious thinkers, by bringing environmental education into the classrooms with lesson plans and JUST ONE Tree Day (15th October).

To date you have helped us fund;

  • 2,404 Trees planted
  • 26.62 tonnes of CO2 sequestered from the atmosphere each year (approx.)
  • 740.43 tonnes of CO2 sequestered from the atmosphere over the next 25 years (approx.)

Thank you!!

Internet

Ecosia - the search engine that plants trees

In addition to JUST ONE Tree, we now plant trees simply by using Ecosia as our preferred internet search engine

Every search you make via Ecosia removes 1kg of CO2 from the atmosphere. Imagine that!

It’s a brilliant way that every business can become greener and it’s absolutely free as the tree planting is paid for by the companies who pay to advertise on Ecosia. You can learn more about Ecosia at their website and by watching this video. Create a free account with them and get searching the internet.

Ecosia don’t store your information other than to quantify how many searches you’ve made and trees this equates to. What’s more, is that their search engine is powered by Bing who also power the likes of Duck Duck Go, so you know you’re getting great search results.

Car Sharing

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You can help us with our carbon reduction targets by sharing lifts to our training centre.

We realise that car sharing isn’t always possible, but where there is a group, or even just a few of you attending from the same business, car sharing will reduce our overall carbon footprint and reduce your overall course costs.

It may also reduce the likelihood of you getting a parking fine as fewer cars in Knutsford means more available parking spaces.

Charities & Charity Discounts

Absolutely crushing it!

Your course bookings directly help us to support the North West Air Ambulance Charity in the amazing work that they do.

Helicopters are notoriously expensive to run and the NWAA have three EC135 aircraft. These small efficient aircraft ensure that they can get to incidents quickly and land in smaller areas than a larger aircraft would require.

In 2018, they introduced HEMS response vehicles to their fleet. They have now have four vehicles based at their Barton and Blackpool airbases. The BMW X5’s are used for nearby incidents, or where it is not suitable for an aircraft to land, such as city centres. These vehicles also mean they can continue lifesaving work when the helicopters are grounded due to bad weather.

As well as gifting a portion of your course fee to NWAA, you can also add additional monies when you purchase your course. We then add this to our quarterly donation to the North West Air Ambulance Charity.

To date you have helped us fund; 

• 697.9 miles of life-saving flight!

Thank you!!

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Accessibility & Inclusion

This year we are working to make our courses even more inclusive.

Discounts for charities.

In addition to direct donations, we offer a 10% discount to charities who book courses with us. So if your registered charity is looking for training, contact us to see how much you could save.

Language.

Ofqual regulated course have to be taught and examined in English, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make learning more inclusive for you! We make use of Microsoft’s live translate tool for our learners. We’re also including subtitles for our videos. Where these aren’t available, the live translate tool can create subtitles “on the fly”. This is also used on non-Ofqual regulated courses.

Hearing.

For those who have hearing impairments and wear hearing aids that feature the Loop/T setting, we’ve invested in a portable hearing loop system. If you’re coming on a course and have a hearing impairment, simply let us know when you book your place if you’d like to make use of our hearing loop system.

Building.

Our training centre already has a wheelchair ramp to the front door and a lift to the upper floor of the building. There are disabled access toilets on both the ground floor and upper floor.

Menopause.

We are developing our menopause policy. Occasionally “life” sometimes gets in the way of learning, so we are developing a welfare bag that will include emergency essentials for ladies.

Reasonable Adjustments.

We’re here to support learners with all different types of learning needs. If you have a learning support need, please contact us before you book your course so that we can investigate whether we can put in place any reasonable adjustments to support your learning and assessment.

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Paper

On Target

This year we’re continuing to reduce the amount of A4 paper that we use to an absolute minimum.

Paper supplies: All paper used in our office is;

  1. FSC accredited.
  2. Totally Chlorine Free (TCF).
  3. Lower weight paper that has received less chemical treatment.
  4. From recycled paper or from responsible sources.

In the office, we re-use as much used paper as we can.  For example, paper that has single sided printing is used as note paper.

In the classroom, exam question papers are be reused where possible.

Shredding: Prior to recycling, anything with confidential or identifiable information is cross-cut shred. Under BS EN 15713:2009 paperwork that includes identifiable information (i.e. DIN 66399 data protection Class 1), should be cross-cut shred to <320mm2.

Our cross-cut shredder produces particle sizes of 4mm x 10mm. This is regarded as being greater than DIN 66399 Security Level P4 (160mm2) and almost Security Level P5 (30mm2). Shredding at any higher security standard is not regarded as being necessary (by National Protective Security Authority) and would increase our electricity consumption considerably.

Recycling: Paper that doesn’t contain confidential or identifiable information is not shred before being recycled. This also helps to minimise our electrical consumption.

The future: We continue to investigate ways in which we can move our paper forms online. The slight increase in electricity consumption in using electronic forms will far outweigh the amount of electricity used in the production of the paper.

Certificates

Target Achieved!

All our course certificates are now issued in pdf format by default. This has had a significant impact on the amount of paper that both the Awarding Organisation (for Ofqual accredited courses) & we use.

This change has been driven by the expectations of our clients as HR departments expect to receive certificates in electronic format. It also significantly reduces our environmental impact in terms of resources used & the waste products created during printing.

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Electricity & Electrical Items

On Target

Lighting: Our office only uses LED light bulbs. LEDs consume less electricity, meaning reduced emissions from fossil fuels.

Computers: Our ageing laptop computers still have long battery run times, meaning that some courses can be run “off-grid”. Batteries are replaced, when required, rather than replacing the entire computer as this is generally the greener option.

Servers: For security, we have moved all data onto an office based server. The only data held on our laptops is our course presentations and blank forms that we can print out if necessary.

Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS): Our office equipment (server, laptop, screens, printers, scanner, etc) are powered by UPS systems. These were sourced as refurbished second hand items.

LED Projector: We have invested in a new LED projector for our training course. This is lighter than previous models and has a built in speaker, meaning less fuel used to take it to courses and less electricity used as we no-longer need a separate speaker system.

Batteries: We use a lot of AA and AAA batteries on our courses as they power our training defibrillators & remote controls. In 2020 we invested in rechargeable batteries & now power all of our training equipment with rechargeable batteries. Our battery rechargers have been upgraded to “intelligent” versions, which only charge batteries as they need it, including trickle charging. This means less electricity used to charge the batteries and that the batteries will last longer over all.

Overall: We continue to maintain a small carbon impact footprint by using IT equipment that is mainly second hand or 4+ years old, reducing our impact on sourcing new materials.

The Future: We are investigating the possibility of a solar system for the office. We are also investigating moving our website to a more ethical hosting provider as part of our new website rollout programme. If we can give back, so should they.

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First Aid Training Materials

On Target

Gloves

We’re pleased to announce that we have managed to find an alternative to single use medical/food grade gloves. These are equally type approved, but are compostable, so make a significant contribution to reducing the waste that we generate as a business. As soon as our current supply of gloves are exhausted, we’ll only be using the compostable variety.

Bandages

Our first aid training materials are sourced from out of date stock where possible, but we do have to buy in new stock occasionally. Traditionally we’ve re-used our bandages a few times before they become to “tatty” to reuse and we have to replace them.

Candidates are always encouraged to take bandages with them to practice with later at home. The plastic wrappers that the bandages come in, along with the paper sleeve, continue to be recycled.

We are always glad to receive donations from clients of their out of date resources which can no longer be used in workplace first aid kits. If you have some that we can make use of, please email us so that we can liaise over their collection/delivery.

Crepe bandages

When we use of Crepe bandages, they’re washed between courses to ensure hygiene and safety between uses.

Calico triangular bandages

Calico triangular bandages are used on multi-day first aid courses & they’re washed between courses to ensure hygiene and safety.

Fire Extinguishers

On Target

During our fire marshal courses that include the use of fire extinguishers, we only use extinguishers filled with either water or Carbon Dioxide. All our extinguishers are sourced second-hand & many of them have been refilled prior to acquisition.

Our water filled fire extinguishers are refilled by our suppliers, but our CO2 fire extinguishers are more difficult to refill due to the lack of companies who can undertake this work.

We now donate all our used CO2 fire extinguishers to a local resident who repurposes them into sculptures and other pieces of artwork.

Picture of an old fashioned brass compass standing on its edge on a map of the world. To its left and right are areas of land, while under it is the sea. Placed into the map are several pins with red circular pin-heads.

Travel and Accommodation

On Target

Vehicle use.

We travel extensively throughout the UK delivering our courses. While this isn’t exactly environmentally friendly, the concept of the trainer going to the group of students, rather than the other way around, does minimise the road miles per course.

Our current vehicle is Euro 5 Emissions Standard compliant and returns an average of 65-70mpg on motorways & 47mpg around town. It’s also a few years old, meaning that we’re helping by not contributing to additional vehicles on the road, or the use of energy in the production of a new vehicle.

For 2023 we will be investigating the purchase of electric vehicles (vans) for our trainers. Watch this space!

Accommodation.

Travelling more than 2.5 hours away from our base necessitates the use of overnight accommodation for our trainers.

When booking accommodation, we give precedence to the closeness to the clients venue, the venues environmental credentials and whether it is a small business or a larger chain. Supporting a local B&B can have a much better social impact than if we were to book into a national chain.

Food Waste

On Target

We produce very little food waste as part of our courses. Naturally there is some waste created by students own lunches which is disposed of in waste bins.

During our two day outdoor food safety courses, which include elements of game meat preparation & cookery, there is a greater amount of waste created. This is segregated & disposed of appropriately.

Raw & cooked vegetables are composted. Raw meats & carcasses are typically disposed of in accordance with local Environmental Health Officer requirements. On occasion, these are, at the request of the land owners, returned to nature.

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Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Viral Cleaning

Crushing it!

High-risk training resources, such as our first aid CPR manikins faces are wiped down between each student using them. Traditionally they’ve been wiped down using single-use anti-bacterial/anti-viral wipes, similar to “wet wipes”. Unfortunately these are a challenge to recycle in the UK,  while “Fine to Flush” wipes simply don’t possess the same cleaning properties.

Since the end of Lockdown 1.0, we have been using a 70% v/v solution of isopropyl alcohol to sanitise our training resources. This has worked really well & we have now moved to using cloths made from 90% bamboo (one of the worlds most sustainable fibres) to help ensure the spread of this cleansing solution.

Chemicals

On Target

Our use of chemical cleaners & hand sanitiser has dramatically increased since the outbreak of Covid-19. We received significant help from Diverse Select, who gifted us a case of alcohol-free hand sanitiser for us to use on our courses.

Generally, we produce very little in the way of waste chemicals, other than the diluted sterilisation solution used to clean the first aid manikins. This is a food safe sterilisation chemical (typically Milton, or similar) created in small batches as & when required. It’s then disposed of in accordance with manufacturers instructions.

Our Beliefs

We believe that knowledge is only useful if it’s shared and when shared, great things can happen.

We believe that knowledge and information can be shared with everyone, irrespective of sight loss, hearing impairment or neurodiversity.

We believe that we can all make small differences as individuals, but working with others can magnify our impact.

We believe that globally, some of the biggest challenges we all face are plastic pollution, deforestation and warming seas.

Through your course bookings, we are able to support three amazing organisations:

Read more about how we support these organisations on our Impact page.

Thank you for helping us with this.

Our Values

  1. Provide you with the best training possible.
  2. Learn more today, to be better tomorrow
  3. Live the Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health.
  4. Promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
  5. Do what’s right, even if it’s not right for us.
  6. Maintain the highest level of integrity.
  7. Continually further our commitments to Social Value and Environmental Responsibility.

Everything Else

On Target

If there is anything that doesn’t fall into the categories listed above, they’ll;

  • Be reused where possible
  • Be repurposed, sold, given away or recycled where not.
  • Be disposed of in accordance with manufacturers guidelines, when all other options have been exhausted.

If you have any suggestions of where we could improve our impact further, or you’d like to discuss your training, please email us now.

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