Partnership Organisations

With over 130 years of delivering first aid in the community, St John Ambulance is widely renowned as the nation’s leading first aid charity. However we acknowledge that in order to reach our strategic goal of every young person understanding basic first aid, we need to collaborate with the subject matter specialists in our communities and that’s your organisation!

Your organisation fully comprehends the needs of the young people engaged in your service, so by collectivising each of our strengths and expertise we can make a much bigger impact on the young people in our communities who are at risk of falling through the net, at the same time creating a more first aid sustainable, safer society.


Who we are working with

We are keen to work with organisations across the statutory and voluntary sectors who are dedicated to supporting young people from diverse backgrounds. We are particularly keen to engage with young people 4 beneficiary groups: Young carers, young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), care experienced young people and those who are at risk of or exposed to street violence.
We are committed to improving the opportunities and outcomes for more young people and recognise the key role that many organisations play in providing resources and support to those who face systemic barriers such as poverty, discrimination, reduced access to education and limited opportunity to participate in their community. St John Ambulance is keen to work with these organisations to help them provide the mentorship, training and education opporunities that will empower young people to succeed. We are proud to work with stakeholders from across sectors who share our passion for promoting advocacy, inclusion and positive change in the lives of young people from underserved communities.


How to work with us


Thank you for your interest in working with us. We welcome partnerships and collaborations with like-minded organisations who share our mission and values.

To get in touch with us, please Contact our Partnership Manager Lucy Fisher directly at and let us know how you would like to work with us. We look forward to hearing from you and working together to make a positive impact in our community.


Who will be delivering the sessions?

Sessions will be delivered by our qualified facilitators who have the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively teach the subject matter. Our facilitators have a thorough understanding of first aid principles and techniques, as well as the ability to effectively communicate this information to participants. We will work with our partners to establish the best way of working in each unique circumstance.


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Course content

The Young Responder sessions are fully funded and begin with a two hour taster session chosen from three types of first aid including physical first aid, mental health first aid, and street violence first aid.

When a taster is complete the Young Responders journey continues with 10 hours further learning broken down into shorter sprint sessions for  1.5 - 2 hours over a 5 or 6 week period, providing the opporunity for young people to develop their understanding of first aid in more detail, build on the learning gained in the taster, and further practice their skills. All sessions will be delivered in an interative and engaging way that is relevant to the lives of young people. Each session should also be supported by staff from a partner organisation to enable us to fully support the needs of all young people and ensure they have the best experience on the programme.

For further details on each topic, please see below:

Mental Health Awareness First Aid


Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. While learning about mental health first aid, activity topics can include:

  • Understanding what mental health is
  • Mental Health Statistics
  • Understanding Mental Health Conditions
  • Supporting somebody with their mental health

Physical Health First Aid


Our physical health is an important part of our overall wellbeing. Knowing what to do, in a first aid incident, could potentially save someone’s life. While learning about physical health first aid, activity topics can include:

  • Treating a severe bleed by applying a dressing
  • Understanding the steps of the Primary Survey
  • Understanding how to put someone in the Recovery Position
  • Understanding how to carry out CPR

Street Violence First Aid


Having the knowledge and skills to respond to a street violence incident could help save a life.. While learning about street violence first aid, activity topics can include:

  • Treating a catastrophic bleed such as a knife wound, including the use of a Tournikey
  • How to respond to an alcohol poisoning or spiking incident
  • How to respond to a drug poisoning incident


When and where are the sessions?

The Young Responder Programme is designed to be relevant to the communities in which it is delivered so all sessions will take place in a community location provided by the partner organisation that is suitable for the young people. All equipment for the sessions will be provided by St John Ambulance, but we will require ample space to deliver to groups of 8 - 12 young people. The St John Ambulance Facilitator will require at least 15 minutes before a session begins and 15 minutes at the end of a session to set up and pack away equipment.

Need more information?

For general enquiries, please email us.


How long is a session?

Taster sessions are 2 hours long and the Sprint offers 10 hours of learning.

How do I book a session?

What is the minimum and maximum number of participants in a group?

How much does a session cost?

Where should the session take place? 

Can sessions be adapted for students with SEND? 

Do sessions need to be supervised by the partnership staff?

When can I book a session for?

Does our organisation need to provide any resources?

How long will it take to set up and pack away equipment and who does this? 

Will you take photos and videos in the sessions? 

How is my information stored?

Can I book more than one session?

Do our staff need to know first aid to attend?