How Would You Respond?

We all know that life can have its ups and downs, and many of us think about things that can go wrong in our day-to-day lives. Yet it’s how we deal with it which makes the difference between our ability to cope and bounce back or otherwise.

If you are lucky enough not to have been involved in an incident you won’t yet know how resilient you are; it’s only when you are exposed to a situation that may be ‘traumatic’ that you would know your reaction.

  • What will you choose: fright, flight or respond?
  • What makes an incident traumatic and why is the perception of what is traumatic different for individuals?
  • Do we succumb to the trauma or stress or surmount it?
  • So what makes us better able to bounce back and become more resilient?


Community Resilience is defined by the Scottish Government as:

“Communities and individuals harnessing resources and expertise to help themselves prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, in a way that complements the work of the emergency responders.”

[Extract from “Preparing Scotland Building Community Resilience, Executive Summary”]

St Andrew’s First Aid has a role to play in supporting communities in their goal to become more resilient. Our overarching aim is to establish links with communities across Scotland to provide skills that will prepare communities to respond and “bounce back” before, during and after an emergency.

We work in partnership with community groups, statutory authorities and other voluntary organisations as part of multi-agency support arrangements.

We deliver high quality first aid training to local community groups which best matches the needs of the group in other words – bespoke training.  The sessions are delivered in a way that best suits the situation, circumstance, audience and location and provides valuable lifesaving skills.

During an emergency we work with the statutory authorities to provide first aid support to those impacted either in a support centre set up by the local authorities and or in support of the Scottish Ambulance Service within their casualty area.

Until such time as the statutory authorities arrive at the scene those of you in the community who have learnt how to save someone’s life have a critical role.

As part of the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy (OHCA), St Andrews First Aid are offering first aid demonstrations to community groups across Scotland.  The sessions will demonstrate how to perform CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

So the next time you are sitting watching TV and you see a disaster happening, ask yourself – would you know what to do if someone needed your help?  If the answer is no then get in touch with us using the details below and we can equip you with the skills to help make Scotland a safer, more resilient country.

Contact our Volunteer Development team on: 0141 332 4031 or email


Together we can save lives