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.
John Ambulance, our vision is that 'everyone who needs it should
receive first aid from those around them. No one should suffer from
the lack of trained first aiders.' You can help us achieve this in
the student community by setting up a St John Ambulance partnered
university society and student volunteering unit.
1. 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
2. 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,
which committee roles you must have and membership fees.
3. You should then let the St John Ambulance team know about
your society and if you wish to partner with us. We have a team of
student volunteering officers based all around the country that can
give you support in running your society. Get in touch with us at
4. Each society should then produce a constitution. This is a
document that outlines the aim and objectives of the society, we're
happy to provide you with guidelines on how to write this.
5. 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 even 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 first aid advice resources on our
- 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 CPR
- Putting on events - figure out what events
you would like to put on such as, first aid demos, fundraising
events and social events.
6. 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
For more information, please contact the student volunteering
team at firstname.lastname@example.org.