St Andrews First Aid In Your Community

St Andrew’s First Aid aim to teach everyone in Scotland First Aid skill and below are some of the way we are beginning our journey to get more first aiders into the community, both local and abroad.

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I’m a CPR Champion, Get Me Out There!

The Scottish government’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy is a 5-year plan with the aim of ensuring that by 2020 Scotland becomes an international leader in cardiac arrest outcomes. The government’s overall aim is to save 1,000 lives by then; the strategy also aims to equip 500,000 people with CPR skills, increasing the amount of bystanders able to help in an emergency and therefore increasing the amount of survivors.

St Andrew’s First Aid has challenged itself to demonstrate CPR to 2,000 Scots each in order to help Scotland become a more resilient country. Our volunteers will be working across Scotland to provide free first aid demonstrations to help us create a nation of lifesavers.

Every penny donated to St Andrew’s First Aid helps us to teach more people across Scotland vital first aid skills through our community outreach work.

BandAge Schools Project

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In 2015, St Andrew’s First Aid launched BandAge, a school based project which delivers first aid training and peer facilitation programme to school pupils in deprived and disadvantaged areas of Scotland. The project provides participants with a formal first aid qualification which lasts for 3 years and selected pupils can go on to take part in our peer facilitation workshops.

We continue to work in four schools in the Glasgow area and so far 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

The peer facilitation workshops equip participants with key life and employability skills and is especially advantageous to those pupils who will not follow traditional educational routes. Participants are equipped with the skills and confidence to cascade the skills they have learnt to other peer groups and the workshops also reinforce the core ACE (A Curriculum for Excellence) capacities: Confident Individual, Successful Learner, Responsible Citizen and Effective Contributor.

The BandAge project also tackles difficult subjects such as gang violence and knife crime with the hope that if pupils understand the devastating consequences knife wounds can have, they will avoid being part of that culture.  The skills pupils learn from BandAge give them the tools to follow a positive path, both socially and economically, and leave a lasting impact within their school and wider community.

Projects like BandAge are fundamental in changing Scottish attitudes towards learning first aid, however we can only continue them through charitable donations.