St Andrew’s First Aid Thistles

Anyone aged between 5 and 10 years of age can join one of our Thistle Groups!

The Thistles combine first aid learning with fun activities to help young people learn first aid and other useful life skills.

Thistle Activites

  • Learn first aid
  • Take part in team activities and fun scenarios
  • Arts and crafts
  • Attend the Youth Conference
  • Take part in the Youth Challenge

Thistle Achievements

Thistles take part in a fun and educational programme and work towards achieving their Super Thistle Award.

Thistles can choose from fifteen subjects to help them achieve their award and, at the weekly Thistle meetings, they’ll take part in various activities in order to reach their goal.

For example: First Aid Badge can learn how to perform CPR.

A badge and certificate is awarded for each completed badge and once they have earned 12 badges, they will receive the Super Thistle Award.

FAQ Information for Parents

Is there a charge for joining?

St Andrews’ First Aid Youth Section is free to join and is a great way of offering young people a wide variety of fun, challenging and exciting activities that help them to learn life-saving first aid skills.

How does my child join?

If you would like your child to become a youth member of St Andrew’s First Aid please click here to register your interest.

We will send you an application form and provide the meeting address and times of the nearest youth section to you along with the contact details of the Youth Leader.

Do St Andrew’s Youth have a uniform?

Our youth volunteers will be provided with a uniform free of charge. The uniform consists of a polo shirt, sweatshirt and baseball cap.

Keeping our young people safe

St Andrew’s First Aid takes child protection extremely seriously and we are committed to ensuring that we provide a safe environment for all of our young people, volunteers and staff.

We always ensure that every volunteer and member of staff that works with or supervises young people in our organisation completes a disclosure check and joins the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG). We also make certain that references are taken up, which means that we comply fully with Scottish regulations.

All members who work with children must follow the procedures laid out in our Child Protection Policy. The organisation will take appropriate action against anyone not following these policies.

St Andrew’s First Aid regularly reviews and updates the Child Protection Policy and guidance to ensure our information is up to date. We also ensure our volunteers and staff complete the child protection awareness course and we run workshops each year around Scotland.

Find the nearest Thistle Group to you below!

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