Our Story

StreetDoctors teaches lifesaving skills to young people at risk of youth violence across the UK. We do this through our movement of young healthcare volunteers who teach emergency first aid, using this as a tool to also discuss attitudes to violence. Our training sessions for 11-25 year olds are delivered in partnership with criminal justice services, schools, pupil referral units, sports and community groups. They give young people the vital skills and confidence to act if someone is bleeding or unconscious. We also provide safe spaces to facilitate conversations about violence, including its true medical consequences.

We empower young people to become street doctors in their communities, helping to keep themselves and others safe.

our story


was born in 2008 in the socially conscious minds of two young medical students, and a Youth Offending Team worker, who were regularly involved in delivering CPR and First Aid classes to local teenagers. They noticed: 

"The 11 to 16 year olds attending the first aid classes had known someone who had been stabbed or shot"

"or had been a victim themselves."

They decided to set out to educate young people about the consequences of carrying weapons through exploring attitudes to violence, including its true medical consequences.

so creating


Our main objective is to
give these young people the
confidence and skills
they need: 

to remain calm, call 999

and deliver simple life-saving first aid.

By equipping these young people with practical skills we aim to increase their confidence and aspirations, helping them to change their attitude towards violence so they become StreetDoctors in their communities

StreetDoctors has now become a social movement with 22 teams in 17 cities across the UK and Ireland.