World First Aid Day was introduced by the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in 2000. It is a global opportunity to raise public awareness of how first aid can save lives in everyday and crisis situations.

This year on World First Aid Day, the theme is ‘First aid and excluded people.’

Everyone should know how to save a life. First aid should be accessible to all – including the most vulnerable. And age should be no bar, being available to the young and elderly. This article explains exactly why learning first aid is so beneficial and how we can help you learn skills you really will use for life.

Information is power

It is a stark fact that 8 out of 10 parents surveyed admitted they wouldn’t know basic first aid procedures to save their child’s life. Think about the wide range of accidents children have on a regular basis in the comfort of their own home – cuts, choking, falls, asthma attacks – and think how you would feel if it were your child, your partner, your parent or even your pet.

The confidence to care

Consider how confident you would feel faced with the most common medical emergencies occurring at home, school or in the workplace?

Try our short quiz and test your skills here and see how much you actually know!

Don’t find excuses, find time!

Everyone recognises the benefit of learning first aid, all too often we feel too busy to find the few hours needed to do a course, unsure about where to go for a course or what first aid basics the course should cover.

Don’t just cross your fingers

Most of us just keep our fingers crossed that accidents won’t happen to us and ours.

Or that should the worst happens, there will be a doctor or other medically trained person on hand to take charge and help.

Take control

The best solution to this is to take control and learn first aid. Taking a first aid course run by a highly qualified medical, health or emergency services professional teaches you lifesaving skills and gives you the confidence to know when and how to act in an emergency.

Book a practical course

 A practical course offers the opportunity to practise hands-on skills such as resuscitation on a manikin or helping save a choking adult, baby or child.

Any of the skills you learn could equip you with the knowledge you need to save a life, as well as improve the outcomes for someone who has had an accident.

Our award-winning training is fully regulated

First Aid for Life is fully regulated through Qualsafe Awards and TQUK to provide Level 3 HSE and Ofqual courses. Your Certificate will be awarded on the day.

High-quality courses – at our place or yours

We understand that location can make life easier and are happy to come to your work place or to your home (or other venue) if you want to run a bespoke course. Alternatively, we have a light bright purpose-build training room in Balham, south west London.

Course content tailored to your needs

Equally, the course content will be adapted to your needs. we will listen to your work or home concerns and ensure that all the areas you wish us to cover are included in the course.

Small groups

Our courses are extremely practical and are held in small groups to give you individual attention and help you to feel confident and competent you would know what to do in an emergency.

There will be ample manikins, so no waiting around for others to finish and we are happy to teach adult, baby and child First Aid on any of the courses.

Expert trainers

Our trainers are qualified Nurses or Emergency Services Professionals who use their First Aid on a regular basis. They are also highly experienced and proficient first aid trainers.

They are extremely well-qualified trainers who are able to answer your questions and teach beyond a prescriptive syllabus.

We do not teach by rote, but will help you to understand the necessary priorities when treating someone, so that you will be able to think on your feet logically and safely.

We are proud to have received Most Inspirational Trainer Award.

Outstanding feedback

We get regular and outstanding feedback about our expert trainers, praising their ability to condense vital information into an efficient easy-to-digest format which is fun.

Here is some of our recent feedback here:

 I had my resus training with Jen yesterday.  Just wanted to say how brilliant at her job she is!  She made it pithy, funny and yet grounded in the gravitas of such a situation.  It’s a lot of information but she delivered it pitch-perfect in such a way that didn’t feel drawn-out or too fast to absorb.‘ – Brocklebank Group Practice

‘I have shared your site with the whole school community via the newsletter. I hope that other parents and carers will use it Also suggested that if the parents and carers get together they could arrange another training session for themselves as it is very useful.’ – Head at Long Ditton School

I had amazing feedback from parents and a few of them had completed courses before but were no where near as good as yours.’ – 
Principal of Dawmouse Montessori Nursery Schools

Very well adapted to different levels. Interesting and interactive throughout. Great knowledge. Lovely venue. Lovely venue  – Ella Ross NHS

 We very much enjoyed our session with Paul and all have agreed he’s the best trainer we have ever had. Please can we book in our session for next year?’ – Oaktree Dental Practice 

‘ Just want to say how pleased I was with the session on Thursday. Ben was brilliant. He managed to get across a lot of important information but still make it if fun & engaging for all the teenagers as well as our youngest attendee who was 9. Ben was also extremely patient & helpful to answer EVERY possible question (there were lots!) thrown at him by our youth. The group were well taught & now have the basic tools to know what to do in an emergency situation. I would use your services again in a heartbeat (excuse the pun).’ – Ben

Friendly and supportive office staff

Our office staff are friendly, responsive and informative; they will be happy to help you decide which is the right course for your needs and ensure everything runs smoothly. They offer invaluable behind-the-scenes support to customers and trainers making sure everything runs smoothly. Our office team have won the Federation of Small Businesses award for Best Business for Excellence in Customer Service as well as Overall Winner Best Business in London.

From the comfort of your own home

We understand that many of us lead busy lives and are time-poor so our online courses are the perfect solution – you can simply learn these vital skills when it suits you.

Free resources

Our four websites offer comprehensive cover for all things first aid: from booking practical courses or online courses, to offering our award-winning blogs and other a range of free first aid resources.

First Aid for Life and Online First Aid – we have everyone in your family covered on our websites

First Aid for Life:

Online First Aid:

First Aid for Pets – we help keep your pets protected:

StaySafe.Support – we offer support and information for your mature relatives and their family and carers:

Award-winning blog and free newsletter

We offer a vast range of high-quality, informative articles. From our interesting and informative blogs to our free weekly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox with free info and advice, updates and all the latest news and techniques Sign up here:

Free e-books and free courses

We also have a wealth of free resources on our websites from:

free courses:

free resources for schools

free posters:

free emergency checklist

free e-books:

Social media – get in touch and stay connected

If you haven’t already, follow us on Facebook (we have a First Aid for Life page and a First Aid for Pets page) and also join our Stay Safe Community group on Facebook, a forum where we share techniques, experiences and ask for advice.

We are also very active on Twitter and LinkedIn and we’d love to hear from you, especially if you have stories you’d like to share or topics you’d like us to cover: get in touch here:


Have you watched our YouTube channel yet? It features over 300 useful and informative videos. We’ve got over 2 million views and over 5000 subscribers. Plus, we’ve recently filmed dozens of new videos which are being regularly uploaded.

Check out our channel here First Aid for Life:

We have an exciting new series 60 Second First Aid which is our most concise yet and which are perfect for learning new skills or refreshing old ones – fast.

10 Powerful Reasons To Learn First Aid

So, you know how to do it, now here’s why you should do it. Finally, here are ten powerful and compelling reasons why learning first aid could be the most important thing you do this year.

Reason One – First aid saves lives

Basic first aid can mean the difference between life and death. A Red Cross survey showed a staggering 59% of deaths from injuries would have been preventable had first aid been given before the emergency services arrived.

Reason Two – First aid reduces recovery time

First aid can have a huge impact on someone’s chances of recovery, and can mean the difference between them having a short term or more permanent disability.

Reason Three – First aid reduces hospital time

Early intervention with first aid can reduce the length of time the patient needs to stays in hospital.

Reason Four – First aid prevents medical situations deteriorating

Knowing the basics of first aid can prevent a bad situation from getting worse. Consider a patient who is bleeding from a deep cut. Without intervention, the patient could suffer severe blood loss. By applying pressure using simple first aid techniques, you can prevent a medical emergency from rapidly deteriorating and stabilise the patient until further medical help arrives.

Reason Five – First aid can reduce unnecessary visits to hospital

Not every accident ends up in hospital but still needs medical attention. Some injuries such as a bumped head, bruised knee or sprained ankle can be better managed with the correct procedure such as competent bandaging, rest or swelling reduction with a wrapped ice pack. First aid training also teaches you to prioritise injuries, giving the most seriously injured or ill the very best chance. As well as equipping you with the knowledge to establish whether someone needs further care and whether that care should be given by the GP, at a hospital or needs immediate paramedic intervention.

Reason Six – Competent first aid can reduce the amount of pain experienced by casualties

Knowing how to respond helps you stay calm in an emergency situation. Staying calm allows you to provide emotional support to the patient and help prevent them from panicking – which can often be a very effective form of pain relief. In addition, knowing how to physically move someone in pain, support their injuries and administer appropriate bandaging and dressings can also greatly reduce the amount of pain they experience.

Reason Seven – Crucial communication for the emergency services

Staying with the patient until the emergency services arrive to take over means you can convey vital information about how the patient sustained the injury or information about their condition. This information is vital to the emergency services for the effective treatment of the patient and can also aid the patient’s treatment and recovery.

Reason Eight – First aid increases awareness and reduces your susceptibility to accidents

Learning first aid and becoming alert to potential hazards and medical issues increases our health awareness and allows us to take better care of ourselves, our friends and families. It creates resilient communities and relieves pressure on the NHS.

Reason Nine – First aid makes you feel empowered

Learning first aid will give you the confidence to act appropriately when an accident occurs. It is vitally important to deal with any life-saving injuries before reaching for the phone to call for an ambulance.

It is also very useful to know when and if to move someone following an accident and when they should be kept still.

Reason Ten – Be prepared for anything

None of us know what the future has in store for us or for our loved ones. Sudden illness such as heart attack, stroke, severe bleeding and breathing difficulties require immediate attention, which after a course, you will be well equipped to provide. First aid also equips you to deal with bleeding, burns, breathlessness, bites, shocks stings, splints and fainting so whatever medical situation life throws at you, you can respond effectively.

Written by Emma Hammett RGN – Founder and CEO of First Aid for Life.

First Aid for Life is the leading provider of first aid training for schools, parents, child carers and health workers and our team of highly experienced medical, health and emergency services professionals will tailor the training to your needs. We incorporate anaphylaxis training in all our first aid courses and can provide specialist annual refreshers as needed. We always train using all devices.

It is strongly advised that you attend a First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency. First Aid for Life run specific courses covering in detail how to help someone having an asthma attack.

Please visit, or tel: 0208 675 4036 for more information about our courses. First Aid for life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information.