A former teacher Louise Worsley mastered first aid in her years as an expedition leader of school and adult groups in far flung places. She’s seen a lot, from twisted knees in horse falls to helping someone with typhoid in the jungle.
‘I hung up my rucksack when I met my now husband and realized I needed to find a career closer to home. So, I got qualified as a first aid trainer and set-up Worsley Training in 2006. We’ve recently moved to Upavon in Wiltshire and I’m keen to teach basic First Aid to as many people as possible’.
Her earlier work focused mainly on outdoor first aid, but since having children Louise has qualified to teach Paediatric courses. She’s taught mums and children and loves to go into schools to help and teach teachers. Working with small business owners also gives her great enjoyment.
‘Since moving to Wiltshire I’ve noticed there are defibrillators in most of the villages, but do people know how to use them? Everyone should know Emergency first aid especially as ambulances can take a while to get to you.’
Louise’s teaching background means her sessions are practical, memorable and engaging. Her years as an expedition leader showed her how to think on her feet. She wants to help people have the confidence to step forward – if someone collapsed on the street near you what would you do?
I love the Vale of Pewsey – the white horses, the thatched cottages, the country pubs, the views from the hills and the many small independent businesses all supporting each other.
Our favourite family outing is to ride our bikes along the Kennet and Avon canal taking in the scenery and saying hello to the people on the boats. The children love helping with the lock gates if we happen to pass one. We always end at a café to reward our exertions and our favourite canalside cake can be found at the Honeystreet mill café.
We are lucky to only live 5 minutes drive from this wonderful pub with Michelin star food. We have been for lunch many times as the grown-ups can feast like kings but children and dogs are also welcome!
I have a springer spaniel who is excellent at getting me outside daily for a good long walk, which not only is so good for the soul but often clears my head to conjure up some of my best ideas for my business. We tend to go up onto Salisbury plain near Everleigh where she can run and run to her heart’s content and I can blow the cobwebs away and see for miles down the Vale of Pewsey.