Cycling First Aid
To my joy, a course is coming up. It’s super short notice, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to get the time off of work (working weekends sucks…), but that is the least of my worries…
The requirements are simple. For me, I need to be fit (I think I can meet the standard required), be able to cycle a bike with heavy panniers (done that before) and I need a basic First Aid qualification, with O2 and AED as a bonus (my patient transport qualification covers that and more). This is all fine. The catch is the last requirement: ‘Unit to agree to pay for uniform’.
The uniform costs something of the order of £140 per person. That’s for one set of uniform. There are three of us who want to do the training at the unit. That’s more than £400! This is a sizeable chunk of a youth unit’s budget, not least because we are technically a non-operational unit. Our main source of income is the cadet subscriptions (despite being told otherwise by everyone else who doesn’t look at our statements…), and I don’t think I can justify the unit spending that much on three members in one go. I definitely can’t ask them to do it (I certainly can’t afford that much on a single set of uniform).
So this presents me a problem. I really really want to do this training. But I just can’t see how I can make it work. I’ll have to talk to my boss tomorrow.
I can feel this opportunity slowly slipping away from me as I watch.