Scottish First Aid Awards 2017 – Where are they now?

Queens Cross Housing Association

At the Scottish First Aid Awards 2017 Queens Cross Housing Association won the Large Organisation of the Year in First Aid Excellence after equipping their communities with eight defibrillators; additionally the organisation provided free first aid sessions to over 100 staff and local residents of their Westercommon Community Centre and even delivered training in Mandarin for their Chinese community.

The Scottish Government, through their Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy, alerted the Association to the fact that more effort needs to be made to evenly distribute knowledge and skills in CPR in Scotland’s more deprived city areas.

Their efforts were not only motivated by this campaign but confirmed the association’s new commitment to proper and effective first aid practice after they were made aware by The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2016 that many of the Association’s communities are in the top 5% most deprived areas of Scotland.

“As a community based housing association we strive to develop community resilience and encourage a greater local awareness of first aid to staff and tenants. Although identifying health issues and responding to medical emergencies is not our core purpose, it is something we are passionate about and constantly looking to improve.

“Through the goodwill, enthusiasm and commitment of our staff, we continue to push the message to tenants and staff of the importance of proper and effective first aid practice.”
Fiona Smith, Executive Office Manager.

We recently revisited the Queens Cross Housing Association to talk about their experience at The Scottish First Aid Awards and workplace training with St Andrew’s First Aid and they released the following statement:

“As a community Housing Association we were delighted to win the award. We have worked tirelessly to achieve the highest standard of Health and Safety in our organisation and winning the award recognised that.

“Our staff received the highest standard of first aid training by St Andrews First Aid and now have the skills to be confident in delivering first aid in the event of an emergency.

“It was a privilege to sponsor an award at the Scottish First Aid Awards in 2017. These awards celebrated inspirational figures who have saved people’s lives and it was an honour for our staff to meet these people and understand the work that they do, on what a terrific occasion.”

Do you know an organisation or association with over 50 people that has gone above and beyond their legal first aid requirements? A community focused large organisation that has invested in the health and safety of those around them like Queens Cross Housing Association achieved in 2017?

Nominate them today for Large Organisation of the Year in First Aid Excellence and recognise the businesses who are making a difference in Scotland at firstaid.org.uk/awards

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