Getting people involved
Putting together a team can help your first aid club run more
Creating a club leadership team can help you share
responsibilities. It also helps to ensure the club can continue if
a club leader leaves the school.
Club leader responsibilities could include:
- • planning a programme of activities
- • making sure kit and space is available
- • planning risk assessments and child protection
- • providing new ideas
- • attending relevant Continuing Professional Development
- • liaising with St John Ambulance.
Club helpers are volunteers who can support the club leaders
with running the first aid club. For example, preparation and
clearing up, keeping a log of activities, promoting the club, and
maintaining membership records.
Club helpers could be first aid trained sixth formers, St John
Ambulance Cadets and Badgers who attend the school, parents who are
St John Ambulance volunteers, and wider members of the school
community, such as grandparents.
Key things to remember:
- • Ensure that all adult volunteers from outside the school are
vetted with a DBS disclosure.
- • Make sure volunteers are happy with their level of
involvement with the club.
- • Volunteers may need advice about working with groups of young
people in an informal setting.
- • Make sure volunteers are aware of any arrangements to help
the inclusion of club members with additional needs.
- • Keep your volunteers up to date with how the club is doing
and any plans for the future.
- • Share risk assessments and other relevant health and safety
information with all your volunteers.
- • Be sure to thank your volunteers for their support and ask
for feedback on how the club is doing.
You need to decide if any student can become a club member or if
you want to target specific groups of students. You will also need
to plan how you will advertise your club, and any processes you
will use for applications and enrolment.
A great way to get students' families involved is to invite
their parents to a first aid evening. The parents can take part in
some of the activities that the students have been doing as part of
the club. This can also be a great way to fundraise for St John