Our Work

OUR WORK

At StreetDoctors we believe knowledge is power, so we equip young people at risk of youth violence with the skills to save lives in their communities and with the knowledge to make informed decisions about keeping themselves and others safe.

We do this by teaching emergency first aid, including what to do if someone is bleeding or unconscious.

We use a peer to peer teaching approach delivered by our network of young healthcare volunteers (student nurses, paramedics and doctors) who work in partnership with criminal justice services, schools, pupil referral units, sports and community groups.

By putting young people at the centre of emergency first-aid provision, we empower young people to become part of the solution to youth violence, rather than just being seen as ‘part of the problem’.

Our movement has 22 teams of volunteers in 17 cities across the UK. Click here to find your local team.

StreetDoctors is proud to be becoming trauma informed by embedding trauma awareness in all our work. Watch how trauma impacts our minds and bodies, how adverse childhood experiences do untold damage and how trauma can be managed.

Our teaching sessions

Our network of volunteer healthcare students teach lifesaving skills to young people at risk of youth violence across the UK. We do this through two clear, simple, practical and interactive training sessions, 2-3 volunteers teach groups of 5-15 young people.

Due to COVID-19, our ‘what to do if someone is bleeding’ session is being offered digitally. We hope to offer a blended delivery of digital and safe face-to-face sessions soon. Please click here to book one of our sessions.

WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE IS BLEEDING?

60 minutes session

This session covers how to call an ambulance and deliver immediate first aid to someone who is bleeding, before professional help arrives. We use visual props to explain the science behind blood loss and why it is important to apply pressure. The session involves practical role playing scenarios to prepare young people to use skills in an emergency.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMEONE IS UNCONSCIOUS?

60 minutes session

This session covers assessing someone who is unconscious, calling an ambulance, putting someone in the recovery position if they are breathing and how to deliver chest compressions if they are not. We explain how the heart, blood and lungs work and what happens if they aren’t working. Young people practice putting the recovery position and delivering chest compressions with dummies so that in a real life situation they are ready to act.

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“… the only outside teaching programme we use on a regular basis. Staff have been impressed with the ability to engage with and encourage participation from some often problematic and difficult young people in what is a difficult subject. The content is excellent, up to date, extremely relevant and reinforces the work being delivered by [Youth Offending Team] staff.”

Colin Parr, Nottingham Youth Offending Team leader

StepWise

StepWise is a peer education programme enabling young people at risk of violence to learn, share and teach emergency lifesaving skills. The young people gain a first aid accreditation and healthcare career guidance then co-deliver sessions with our volunteers. Learn more.

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