Our Work


Why does StreetDoctors exist?

At StreetDoctors we believe knowledge is power. We put young people at the centre of emergency first-aid provision and empower young people to become part of the solution to violence, rather than just being seen as ‘part of the problem’.

What do we do?

We equip young people affected by 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 training young people in emergency first aid, including what to do if someone is bleeding or unconscious.


How do we do it?

We use a peer to peer training 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, youth, sports and community groups.

Our training sessions

Our volunteers deliver two clear, simple, practical and interactive training sessions for groups of 5-15 young people aged 11 to 25.

We offer these sessions digitally, remotely and socially distanced face-to-face. Find out more and book a session here.


60 minute 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.


“They’d now be willing to talk to their peers before it turned to anything more physical, convey dangers and advocate safer behaviour. For some of the younger ones, they might not be as confident but still they’ve really grasped that prevention is better than cure.”

StreetDoctors Delivery Partner


60 minute 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.


“… 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 is a peer education programme enabling young people 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.

Our ethos is to strive to create opportunities for those who are too often denied them. We actively seek opportunities to engage and work with people from diverse backgrounds and with experience of being affected by violence in relation to all our beneficiaries: the young people we work with, our volunteers and our delivery partners. We achieve this through operationalising our youth participation plan and our recruitment of staff.

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