Everyday first aid – would your volunteers have the confidence to cope in a crisis?

The British Red Cross is working with organisations and community groups that support people who are most at risk of needing first aid, including:

  • Older adults who are at more risk of slips, trips and falls
  • People who are homeless or rough sleepers and at risk of injury
  • People living with issues around drug and alcohol usage

The Everyday First Aid programme could provide your community group with the skills and confidence to help in a first aid emergency – at no cost to your group, as the programme is fully funded.

Everyday First Aid offers informal, common-sense sessions focused on the most important key skills to make an impact when first aid is required. It aims to leave participants feeling confident that they could and would do something should they be presented with a situation that might require first aid.

British Red Cross research has found that often people will not try and help or even get involved through fear of making matters worse or being sued, feelings of not knowing what to do or in the misplaced belief that someone else will do something.

Everyday First Aid sets out to dispel some of these concerns and myths, to motivate and train people to do something and help them realise that they can make a difference by doing something.

The programme can be delivered free to groups of volunteers working with older people, or supporting people to overcome substance misuse or homelessness. It is flexible and modular covering up to 18 key skills depending on the length of time available for the course. Of these, around 5-7 key skills can be delivered in a two hour session depending on the individual needs of the group being trained. For example, how to help someone who:

  • is unconscious and is not breathing
  • is choking
  • is unconscious and is breathing
  • is bleeding
  • has a burn or scald
  • has a broken bone
  • is having or has had a heart attack
  • is having or has had a brain attack (‘stroke’)
  • is having a ‘seizure’ or epileptic fit
  • is experiencing or has experienced a diabetic emergency
  • is having an asthma attack
  • has eaten or drunk a harmful substance
  • has suffered a head injury
  • is distressed
  • has a strain or sprain
  • is suffering from extremes of hot or cold
  • has meningitis
  • has an allergic reaction or anaphylaxis

More than one 2 hour session can be booked and topics from the Everyday First Aid programme selected on a ‘pick and mix’ basis to suit the group’s needs.

For more details or to book a session, contact Isabel Wyatt on 0345 0547171 or email iwyatt@redcross.org.uk before the end of November.