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Recruit others to be part of the club leadership team

Working in a team helps you share club leader responsibilities. It also helps ensure continuity should a club leader leave the school, and it provides a source of ideas for your club – so get others involved!

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Club leader responsibilities may include:

  • • Making sure an appropriate programme is planned
  • • Ensuring kit/ space is available
  • • Risk assessments and child protection
  • • Providing new ideas for the club
  • • Attending relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • • Reporting to and liaising with St John Ambulance

Mentors and volunteers

In addition to club leaders, you might want to consider involving mentors in your club. Mentors are trusted people to whom the leaders can allocate tasks related to running the club. They could be reliable sixth formers who are first aid trained, St John Ambulance cadets and badgers who attend the school, and parents who are St John Ambulance volunteers.

Mentors can help run the club by:

  • • Giving expert advice to students
  • • Help with preparation and clearing up
  • • Organising specialist activities
  • • Updating the website
  • • Keeping a log of activities
  • • Club promotion and advertising
  • • Maintaining membership records

When involving volunteers it is important to:

  • • Ensure that all adult volunteers from outside the school are vetted with a DBS disclosure
  • • Make sure volunteers are happy with their level of commitment – check if they want more or less involvement with the club
  • • Let volunteers know the size and makeup of the club, they may need advice on working with groups of young people in informal settings
  • • Make volunteers aware of any arrangements that are in place to facilitate inclusion of club members with special educational needs
  • • Let them know what resources are available if they would like to run their own session
  • • Keep your volunteers informed about how the club is doing and your plans for the future
  • • Actively seek out advice, support, ideas and feedback from your volunteers
  • • Share risk assessments and other relevant health & safety information with them


  • • You could hold your club at lunch time, after school or as part of a breakfast club. Find out when other clubs are on and try not to clash with too many of them. 
  • • If you are holding your club at lunch time think about whether your members will have enough time to eat their lunch and do some activities.
  • • Try to take into consideration the transport arrangements of club members and their personal safety, for example in winter, will they end up walking home alone in the dark? 
  • • Some clubs run for 35 minutes, others are over an hour. The length of your club depends on your situation, but try and make it as accessible as possible for members to be involved.

Decide who will be invited to your club

Having clear aims for the club will help with recruiting students to join. You need to be clear about which students you will invite, how you will market your club to them and any processes you will use for applications and enrolment.

  • • You could decide that any student can participate in your club.
  • • Perhaps you want to have more control over who comes along, targeting specific groups of students in line with your school’s priorities.

You could even create an application form asking for parental approval, as a way of involving parents in the club.

However you decide to recruit, bear in mind that a first aid club is a club and its members should feel part of it and enjoy being there. You may want to ask the members to help develop a club identity by thinking up a name or giving their club a logo.

Get first aid in school on the PSHE curriculum

We need your help - if you agree that first aid should be part of the PSHE school curriculum, your voice needs to be heard now.

Find out more about how you can help get first aid in school on the PSHE curriculum.