GROW Training January 2022 Newsletter

GROW Training January 2022 Newsletter

GROW Training January 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to Grow Trainings Monthly Newsletter

Another year on, a new variant, high numbers with covid, it feels we are in the same situation as this time last year with covid but are we really? In GROW Training we are in a much better situation, we all play a vital role, it still lies in our hands, continue with hand washing, wearing of masks and social distancing is helping to restrict the spread of infections. It’s our Time to step up, hold Firm and we can beat this, Training is the key in keeping your staff and customers safe while moving the business forward.

When it comes to training or learning there’s always something new to learn, with many reasons why people choose to learn a new skill. Whether you’re picking up a hobby or starting a new career, fresh knowledge and skills will be acquired. And eagerly embrace the challenge because lifelong learning has a lot of benefits. Investing in your learning and self-development will not only help you stay ahead of the curve but maintain your relevance and to ensure your future career success.

We continue to work with you to ensure a safe and compliant return or in most cases continued work for you and your staff. As always, we are committed to providing you with excellent service and if you need any help, support or refresher courses contact us on info@growtraining or  give us a call on 0834014242 for more details From the Team here at GROW Training.  We are looking forward to a good safe and health year and wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022.

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FEATURED COURSE – Your Personal Development

New Monthly promotion – Course price €25.00 – Discount Code #Janfb

Course Description – A key part of your progression within the adult social care sector will be focused on your personal development. In a number of sectors it is even a legal requirement to continue to develop your skills and knowledge and it is essential to ensure you are working to the most up to date standards and guidance. This course will start by looking at the way standards are set, monitored and regulated for social care organisations and workers. It then goes on to cover the codes of practice and legislation, reflecting on your work to ensure continued improvement, communication, feedback and much more.

Advantages – As this course covers a wide range of social care sector the course provides a strong basis to further build on with more training. Online training is flexible, efficient and cost effective meaning the candidate can progress through the modules at their own pace and in their own time, so they can fit the training in around their work and personal life

Target Audience – This course is aimed at anyone looking to focus on your Personal Development and looking for career progression.

Further Progression –  Courses that would complement this one would be Duty of Care, Autism Awareness, Dementia Awareness, Diabetes Awareness can all be found in our health and social care section on our website

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Monthly Support Courses:

Developing A Workplace Mental Health Policy

Equality, Diversity and Discrimination

Check out all our course on Health and Social Care HERE

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Very good explanations. In a very friendly atmosphere. Thank you! Katya

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Events and Campaigns 2021

(1st -31st ) Get Ireland Active       (17th-22nd) European Cervical Cancer Prevention

(2nd -17th) First Fortnight Mental Health Art & Culture Festival    (27th) Holocaust Memorial Day

(Jan/feb) KeepWell Campaign Healthy Ireland

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Newsletter October 2021

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Issue No. 18 | October 2021

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 Near Normal! Written by Deborah Fortune | Resilience and Recovery: HOLD FIRM

Welcome to the GROW Training Newsletter – As the typical October winter weather has started to make a return, with shorter day light and more rainy days we will begin to see more and more cars return to the road. Unfortunately, it’s a time when accidents happen with the dark wet days kids, in their excitement, tend to get careless while crossing streets. Therefore, it is important for parents to teach their children basic road rules and make them more aware. Motorists should also take extra precautions. There is also a higher risk of fire accidents as people start to light fires and also Halloween approaches again safety and Basic Fire Safety Awareness is important.

Our featured course this month is Basic Fire Safety Awareness for Care Homes but fire safety is not just for care homes. Did you know that your smoke detector makes different sounds chirp and a beep but what do they mean? Well there is a big difference and we want to emphasize the importance that we all need to know the difference. “Hear the chirp, change your battery. If you hear the beep — three beeps, an activation — that’s a true fire alarm”. A sample fire escape plan that all the family know can saves lives for example what to do and meeting point . Part of that plan should include a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector and a functional fire extinguisher and let hope we never have to use on plan. Check out our monthly course with our special price.

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Give us a call for more details on Grow Training courses.  We continue to work with you to ensure a safe and compliant return, or in most cases continued work for you and your staff.

As always, we are committed to providing you with excellent service and if you need any help, support or refresher courses contact us on or 0834014242.


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Events and Campaigns October 2021

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  • 1st International Day of Older Persons
  • Oct 8-Nov 8 MS Readathon Multiple Sclerosis Ireland of  IRE
  • 8th World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
  • 10th World Mental Health Day
  • 15th Denim Day for Dementia – The Alzheimer Society
  • 16th Abseil for Asthma – Asthma Society of Ireland
  • 16-22 International Infection Prevention Week


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Health and Safety in a Care Setting

New Monthly promotion course price €25.00

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CPD Approved – CPD, IIRSM & Gatehouse Awards Approved

Course Description – Current legislation, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, applies to all workplaces regardless of the number of employees and requires employers to provide adequate training in fire awareness for all members of their staff. Our online fire safety training courses are aimed at all employees to assist them in identifying and reducing the risk that fire presents in the workplace. It will provide candidates with a general understanding of basic fire awareness including what should be done in the event of a fire, how to prevent a fire occurring and a basic introduction of the protocol of extinguishing a fire.

Target Audience – This course covers the same content as the Basic Fire Safety course with additional content tailored specifically for employees that work in care homes

Advantages – It is a cost effective way for employers to fulfil their legal obligation to provide their employees with the necessary understanding of fire awareness.

Further Progression – Other health and safety courses that could be useful, Fire Extinguisher or Fire Marshal for Care Homes. Note these courses are very beneficial for personal situation also cheek out our courses HERE

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The trainer, Deborah was very helpful and very patient with us she had a lovely understanding. She taught us a lot and I found all the training very useful. Thank you 




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GROW Training Newsletter Sept 2021

Newsletter September 2021

Grow Training’s Virtual Academy

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GROW Training Newsletter Sept 2021

Near Normal!

Newsletter September 2021

Written by Deborah Fortune


Resilience and Recovery:

While a lot of things have changed in the last two years, the end of the summer will once again see September bring its familiar traits, but the question facing many employers will it bring with it the familiarity of a return to the workplace? The answer is we are close to “near normal” and with September being synonymous with new beginnings and learning. We need to look at upskilling or reskilling as one of the best solutions in keeping up with the demands of an evolving job market and whatever changes Covid has left us with. For individuals, learning helps to broaden horizons and encourage self-development. With this new knowledge, they may be able to identify new opportunities for your organization or identify more efficient ways of working. Positive attitudes towards learning are important drivers, to improve performance, motivate and can lead to new opportunities in the future. The world is so big and yet so small it’s important you know everything you need to know to be successful in this world.

GROW Training provide over 100 e-learning courses for a range of sectors, also we have a mix of face-to-face and online learning a blended approach. Smaller classes such as seminars, tutorials and group classes were delivered as normal but with extra safety measures in place. Check out our monthly course on Health and Safety in a Care Setting below with our special price.

Give us a call for more details at Grow Training. We continue to work with you to ensure a safe and compliant return or in most cases continued work for you and your staff. As always, we are committed to providing you with excellent service and if you need any help, support or refresher courses contact us on or 0834014242.

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Featured Course – Health and Safety in a Care Setting

–  New Monthly Promotion Course Price €15.00  –

Course Description –  Care settings differ from other workplaces because they are not only places of work; they are also homes for their residents. They should be places where the dignity and freedom of the residents is respected, and where everyone’s health and safety is managed effectively. To achieve this, everyone involved must understand their responsibilities. This course discusses the legislation that applies to care homes, the responsibilities of management and employees and looks at developing systems of work. It also covers what to do in some common hazards you might encounter as well as some Emergency situations. It concludes by discussing some aspects of the work environment and staff welfare

– Audience – This course is aimed at anyone working in the care sector and should act as an introduction to health and safety in their place of work.
– Advantages – As this course covers a wide range of health and safety situations the course provides a strong basis to further build on with more training. CPD approval means that this course can be used by those that need to prove they are continually developing themselves..
– Further Progression – Other courses in our Health and Social Care suite compliment this one and when combined can form the basis for the candidates work towards achieving their Care Certificate Check out our full range of HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE courses on

To avail of this offer email with Code #SeptNews

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GROW Training News 2021

1th-31th       Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Irish Cancer            17th            World Patient Safety Day

8th                International Literacy Day                                                      21th            World Alzheimer’s Day

10th              World Suicide Prevention Day                                                27-Oct       Positive Ageing Week

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GROW Training Newsletter July 2021

Welcome to the Grow Training Newsletter.  We are now in the Recovery phase and as July brings confirmation that 5,823,806 doses of vaccine have been administered to the adult population. 72% are now fully vaccinated, we can breathe a large sigh of relief.

The government continues a cautious approach with the next phase of reopening due to the Delta wave. Leaving many people frustrated and annoyed but we need to #HoldFirm through this phase. We are a very resilient nation, so GROW Training continue to emphasize wearing PPE, social distancing and training.  This is the key in keeping your staff and customers safe while moving the business forward.

Newsletter Featured Course

Our featured course this month is Cyber Security, after the recent cyber-attack on the HSE computer systems – by far the largest, most disruptive example in a long line of hacker strikes on Irish business in the recent past. Cyber-security is a challenge for businesses at every level and when they happen, they happen quickly. A cyber-attack can maliciously disable computers, steal data, or use a breached computer as a launch point for other attacks. For most victims of a cyber-attack, it can take somewhere between the two to four week or in unusual cases, it can take months to recover, loosing data even closing businesses.  To check out the course Click HERE

Password SecurityGROW Training Password Security

Are we adequately prepared for the Hacker? 11% of the world’s population still use 1234 as their password! Changing your passwords regularly on all devices is something you can schedule.

• You should avoid using common words and character combinations in your password. Be aware that phrases like “mypassword”, simple digit combinations like “1234”, predictable character sequences like “qwerty”, Birthdays, Pets names ect – are terrible password choices.
• Opt for longer passwords – make sure to use at least eight characters. If your password includes three random words, a few digits, and a few symbols – that’s a perfect combination.
• Don’t use the same password across different accounts and platforms. If you find it challenging to remember lots of different passwords, use a password manager. This is one of the most basic security measures you can put in place yourself to protect your personal and business data from cyber-attacks.

Email SecurityGROW Training Email Security

Knowing what to look for when you receive a malicious email (known as phishing) The Covid-19 outbreak has led to a significant rise in phishing email scams. In the first month of the coronavirus lockdown, the number of phishing emails sent globally increased by 667%.  So you should be careful about clicking on attachments or links in any email that looks suspicious…. unlike this Newsletter!

Here is how you can detect phishing email:
• Don’t trust emails sent from a public email domain like and Remember that every legitimate organization has its own email domain and company accounts. For example, legitimate emails from LinkedIn include “”.
• Check whether the domain name is spelled correctly.
• Spot grammatical and spelling errors in the text. As a rule, phishing emails are poorly written.
• Don’t open attached files you didn’t expect to receive. If you have received an email with an attached PDF file that claims to be an invoice from a person you are not familiar with, don’t click on it.
• Don’t trust messages that create a sense of urgency. Scammers tend to use this psychological trick to make people click malicious links.
• Use secure email providers for data and communication protection.

These are just two things we can do to help protect our business and personal information. Read more about password security from Cybernews HERE 


Remote Working Safety

Here’s a few basic tips for remote workers that can go a long way in enhancing the overall security posture of your organisation.
• Choose Strong Passwords. Passwords provide the first line of defence against unauthorized access to your devices and personal information.
• Install Updates. … to ignore those little pop-up windows that tell you that software updates are available for your device. Once you get such a notification, be sure to install the latest software as soon as possible. Timely software updates (including antivirus updates) help patch security flaws and safeguard the computer system.
• Keep your devices separate – So if your employees use a device provided by the business, make sure that they use it only for work. Encourage them not to use it to watch their favourite TV shows or buy tickets for vacations.   These things must be done on personal devices. Vice versa is true too. Don’t use your personal tablet or PC for work because it lacks proper security.

By following this simple rule, you will minimize cybersecurity risks and prevent sensitive business data as well as your personal data from being stolen.  Hope you found this Newsletter helpful.

Call Deborah for more details from this Newsletter and on how we can help to protect your Business.

We continue to work with you to ensure you and your Team are safe and compliant. As always, we are committed to providing you with excellent service and if you need any help, support or refresher courses contact info@growtraining or 0834014242.  Check out our Business courses HERE


Health & Safety in the Home Workplace

Due to Covid 19 we are find ourselves working remotely / working from home more, and I am sure you may agree that this is a balancing act of another level.  We must be so aware of Health and Safety in the Home Workplace. What is fascinating is how aware we are when we are at home of keeping our surroundings in order and safe.

We are juggling multiple tasks such as watching the children and amusing them while trying to work, or remembering to take proper breaks, keeping up with all the housework (which tends to be getting bigger than usual the more we stay at home) and remembering to eat and shower and dress in normal clothes and not our lounge wear on top of getting the equivalent of an 8 hour work day in. Our days may appear longer or shorter working from home.

Setting up a work space can have its challenges

Such as finding a quiet space, ensuring the WIFI is strong and that you have a nice table and comfortable chair to work. You want to ensure your zoom calls don’t freeze or the children or family pets don’t come in on an important meeting! I’m sure this has happened to the majority of us working from home. For some of us, we tend to work where there is light and easy access to the kettle. The kitchen it is! You set this up and it looks great and is working well until you start to look around while you are trying to figure a solution to a work-related matter and you spot issues.  That wire is hanging a little bit too low there, what if the children start messing at it? I don’t fancy a trip to the children’s hospital today, I’ve loads of work on.

You stand up and you think, ooh I was sitting for way too long, and I need to stretch and feel that niggle in the body.  Your sitting at the table with a sandwich and a cup of tea and you accidentally spill it on your notes and have to start at the beginning again. Before you know it, you are calling electricians in which we are charged for before they step foot into our home, re-arranging your workspace as the kitchen is now not appropriate for work but it is for eating and lunch times & buying new ergonomic appropriate chairs. There is a huge financial strain here, just to work from home but it has to be done.

What we are unconsciously doing is risk assessments on health & Safety in the workplace! Which at present is our own home. The realisation that “actually having the right chair & sitting upright is a health & safety matter” making sure I don’t suffer with back issues. Ensuring there are no slip, trip and falls issues reduces the fear of an unsafe environment.  If you are not up to speed on Health and Safety check out our Training Courses HERE

Knowing Occupational first aid is important in case you are faced with an electrical burn or electrical shock from loose wires and overloaded sockets to give the right treatment as a first aider. This is all Health & safety in the workplace. We should never take chances or leave these work-related matters on “the long finger”!

I have now found a new appreciation for Health & Safety in the work place and realise not only the cost but the implications on both implementing safe measures and the repercussions of ignoring them. This can be minor or fatal! From assessing the work station, to knowing first aid to the importance of eating so we do not feel fatigue, all supports maintaining good health & safety procedures in the workplace whether it be at home or in the office.

This is important whether your working space is your kitchen or the office itself. Do not under estimate the importance of Health & Safety in the work place. If you are not sure how to do this, get some training and up skill. Follow the 4 R’s.

  • Risk Assess
  • Retrain if necessary
  • Report
  • Rectify

Some courses yo might find benificial –

  • Introduction to Personal Safety for Lone Workers Click HERE
  • Display Screen Equipment Awareness Click HERE
  • Workplace Health and Safety Click HERE

Stay Safe!

Jenn Regan


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