Quick guide to starting a university first aid society
Interested in starting up a first aid society at your
university? Take a look at our tips on how to get started.
Support our life saving work
We believe in stepping forward in the moments that matter to
save lives and support communities. We do this by volunteering for
first aid and health care in communities. You can support our life
saving work by setting up a St John Ambulance partnered university
society and student volunteering unit.
We have first aid societies at around 50 universities in England
already. Check your university doesn't already have one with your
student union or on our website.
How to set up a first aid society
If you would like to set up a society, first speak to your
student union. Each student union will have requirements on how to
set up a society, such as the minimum number of members you need,
and membership fees.
Let us know about your society
You should then contact our Student Volunteering team to let us
know about your society. Get in touch with us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our student volunteering officers are based all around the
country and can give you support in running your society.
Each society should then produce a constitution. This is a
document that outlines the aim and objectives of the society. We
can provide you with guidelines on how to write this.
Things to think about once your society is set up:
Advertising your society - find out when your
freshers fair is and get a stall. We can help provide you with
recruitment materials. Social media, such as Facebook groups and
Twitter accounts, can also be great for attracting new members as
well as communicating with existing ones.
Producing a schedule of weekly meetings - this
will mainly consist of first aid training. We provide some great
advice resources on our website.
Booking meeting rooms - find out how to book
meeting rooms/space for your sessions.
Funding availability - speak to your university
about funding available to buy resources for your unit, such as a
Putting on events - figure out what events you
would like to put on, such as first aid demos, fundraising events,
and social events.
Partnering with us
Once you have members in your society, you can then speak to us
about setting up a partnered student volunteering unit. This will
enable you to recruit people to become volunteer first aiders with
us, and you will benefit from all the opportunities available to a
St John Ambulance volunteer. This decision would be made jointly
between the society and your local St John Ambulance management
Got a question?
For more information, please contact the student volunteering
team at email@example.com.