Approach people who might like to get involved
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
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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
- • 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
- • 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
- • Make volunteers aware of any arrangements that are in place
to facilitate inclusion of club members with special educational
- • 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
- • 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
- • Perhaps you want to have more control over who comes along,
targeting specific groups of students in line with your school’s
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.