First aid training available through the Homeless Service

Our Homeless Service training team delivers tailored first aid courses to those who work with the homeless and drug and alcohol misusers. We also run basic life support courses for homeless and vulnerably housed people.

The service offers two courses, all of which equip attendees with the skills and confidence to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

The courses are available in Brighton and Hastings, at venues that homeless and vulnerably housed people can access easily and feel safe in.

Essential first aid

Who should attend: homeless and vulnerably housed people.

What you’ll learn: the course teaches how to deal with bleeding, choking, CPR and the recovery position, in a context which the learners will relate to. This could be talking about someone becoming unresponsive due to too much alcohol, or a drug overdose, or bleeding because of fighting or sleeping in an unsafe area.

Cost: free

First aid for overdose

Who should attend: homeless and vulnerably housed people supported by the St John Ambulance Homeless Service, and those who work with these groups of vulnerable people.

What you’ll learn: the course emphasises the importance of recognising a drugs overdose as early as possible and teaches how to give first aid and call for an ambulance. It looks at the risks associated with overdoses, how to recognise when someone is overdosing and what to do to help them. The course includes how to place someone in the recovery position and how to do CPR.

Cost: free

First aid for frontline workers

Who should attend: people working with the homeless, vulnerably housed people and drug users.

What you’ll learn: all the topics in the ‘Essential first aid’ course, plus specific issues relating to homelessness and drug use, such as overdose and hypothermia. The course includes how to place someone in the recovery position and how to do CPR.

Cost: Please enquire

To enquire about our Homeless Service training please email ann.love@sja.org.uk.

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