Appendix : Safety on Outdoor Activities

▷ General
▷ Ill health/care
▷ Injury/First aid


  Individual group members are responsible for their own safety and health while on u3a activities
  It is up to each individual to follow the convener’s instructions carefully and to know their own capabilities and limitations
  Each individual needs to assess his/her health prior to each and decide whether they are fit to take part
  Activities organised by u3a groups automatically have public liability insurance cover, provided those involved are u3A members
  However, this is not a personal accident insurance and all members must be aware they take part at their own risk

  Ill health/care

  The convener will carry the name of an emergency contact and a telephone number for each group member
  Members should also carry with them a contact name and telephone number which could be used should the need arise
  Should any member have an underlying health problem or medical condition that may affect them during an activity then he/she needs to speak to his/her doctor and discuss how best to manage this should symptoms occur while on a walk
  This information to be shared in confidence with the convener so there is a care plan in place should a problem arise
  If the health issue means that medication may be required then the member should ensure that the medication is brought with them and that either the convener or a trusted companion knows what to do in the event of any problem
  If a member becomes ill on an activity and the symptoms cease after a short period of time, the member in consultation with the convener should decide whether to continue or not
  If the member decides not to continue then he/she will be accompanied by another member to the nearest public transport (providing this is safe and feasible) and then home
  If the member becomes ill in an environment where it is difficult or impossible to get the member home or to a safe place, or symptoms persist, then the leader is to ring emergency services and follow their advice

  Injury/First aid

  On outdoor activities the U3A leader will always carry a basic first aid kit but they may not be trained first aiders
  In the event of an accident or a U3A member being taken seriously ill, regardless of whether there is a member present with a current first aid qualification, you are advised to contact the emergency services immediately (999/112)
  You must state the location where you are, including: the address and postcode or use the ‘what3words’ app
  You should give your phone number or the phone number you are calling from and give as much information as you can in a clear and concise manner