FAMILY FIRST aid training has proved popular in Northern Ireland, with over 2000 farming families taking part so far.

CAFRE’s Farm Family Key Skills scheme has specifically tailored its training to the farming sector, and made it available during evenings at local venues across the country.

Participants are being taught to deal with emergency situations ‘confidently, promptly and safely,’ and all take home a complimentary First Aid box with training on its contents and use.

The Farm Safety Partnership has highlighted that as many as 100 accidents per month require medical attention on NI farms. Chairman Harry Sinclair commented: “It is great to see so many people taking the opportunity to gain First Aid knowledge. Whilst we in the Farm Safety Partnership want to reduce the number of farm accidents, it is still very important for people to know basic First Aid skills that can minimise the impact of an accident if one does happen.”

The training is free to farming families and is delivered by Global Horizon Skills Ltd. on behalf of NFU Mutual, as an element of the Rural Development Programme 2014 -2020.

A number of open courses have been arranged for February to April 2020. The dates and times of these first aid courses are available on the CAFRE website at:

Due to the practical nature of the course, training is delivered to groups of 20 people, so pre-booking is necessary.

Anyone interested in attending one of these courses or organising training for a local group should contact Global Horizon Skills on 028 8225 6772 or