Keeping Scotland Safe

BandAge

St Andrew’s First Aid is Scotland’s only dedicated first aid charity and our mission is to provide everyone in the country with the highest standards in first aid skills, services and volunteering opportunities. We believe that no-one should suffer or die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.  We’re working hard to keep Scotland’s heart beating and create a nation of lifesavers who will be ready and willing to help someone when they need it most.

Young people are the first aiders of the future and our BandAge schools project delivers a fully certified first aid course to pupils from schools in and around Glasgow. Since the launch the project has gone from strength to strength and so far we have trained over 600 pupils in first aid and created 36 peer facilitators. We have also trained teachers within each school so they can support pupils once they have completed the project.

In November 2015, graduates of BandAge15 took part in a CPR Awareness day where they taught over 50 younger pupils this lifesaving skill. The event was filmed by STV Glasgow and was a fantastic example of interdisciplinary work and showed just how easy it is to learn a skill which could potentially save someone’s life.

Peer facilitators from Springburn Academy designed and led first aid sessions for younger pupils as part of the school’s Health Day in March 2016. Over 150 pupils were taught vital skills such as CPR, the recovery position and how to treat shock and bleeding.

During Scottish First Aid Week 2016, peer facilitators from Cleveden Secondary School taught P6 pupils from Caldercuilt Primary, Cadder Primary, Dunard Primary and Highpark Primary vital first aid skills such as CPR, recovery position and how to help someone suffering from shock. Our peer facilitators taught over 100 primary school pupils’ first aid skills, helping us on our mission to create a nation of lifesavers.

Our dedicated volunteers have also been busy providing their local communities with first aid talks and demonstrations. In 2016 alone, St Andrew’s First Aid volunteers delivered over 200 talks and demonstrations all over Scotland equipping thousands of people with lifesaving skills. This is a fantastic achievement and is helping to make Scotland a safer place for people to live.

If you would like to support our lifesaving work in communities across Scotland, please click on the ‘Donate’ button.  Any donation – no matter how big or small – will help us continue to provide first aid education to those who need it most.

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