First Aid

A minute can make a difference. 

Discover the many ways to learn first aid with our free online resources, workshops, first aid apps and more, plus Red Cross first aid training courses.

First-aid-world-first-day-children-hero

Only one in 20 people would know what to do in a first aid emergency, but up to 59 per cent of deaths from injury could have been prevented if first aid was given before the emergency medical services arrived.

With our free online workshops, resources and apps, we can change that.

Looking out for one another is what our communities do best. Learning life-saving skills is human kind.

Spare a minute today to learn and share one simple first aid skill, and you too could save someone’s life.

On this page you can:

  • learn why first aid matters
  • read real first aid experiences
  • learn simple first aid skills online
  • download free Red Cross first aid apps 
  • find free first aid workshops 
  • find free first aid teaching resources 
  • book a Red Cross first aid training course
  • buy Red Cross approved first aid products

During the coronavirus, please always consider your own personal safety first when delivering first aid. Learn more about Covid-19 first aid guidance.

Why first aid matters

Only 16 per cent of people in the UK have the confidence and knowledge to help save someone’s life, and 8 in 10 adults wouldn’t know what to do if you or a loved one collapsed, were unresponsive and not breathing.

Arrow icon Read more first aid experiences

baby and child first aid

Download Red Cross first aid apps

With our British Red Cross first aid apps you’re only two taps away from learning how to help someone in a first aid emergency.

Mobile phone on a table showing the British Red Cross Baby and child first aid app on its screen

First aid app

Our free Red Cross first aid app provides up-to-date information on how to help someone in a first aid emergency.

Arrow icon See our first aid app


Baby and child first aid app

Our free paediatric first aid app is designed to support parents, grandparents and caregivers in a baby and child first aid emergency.

Arrow icon See our baby and child first aid app

First aid workshops

Learn how to help in a first aid emergency with our free workshops for all ages.

Red-Cross-digital-classrooms-man-on-computer

Workshops for all ages

Our free face-to-face and online workshops to help build confidence, coping skills and knowledge to assist in a first aid emergency.

Arrow icon See our workshops

First aid teaching resources 

Inspire a new generation of lifesavers with our free British Red Cross first aid learning resources for educators, children and young people.

Boy holds ice pack to head

First aid champions

The first aid champions website is a free first aid teaching platform full of activities, films, quizzes, PowerPoints and lessons for learners aged 5-18, designed to empower and teach young people first aid.

Arrow icon Explore first aid champions

Red Cross first aid training courses

Whether you need to do a first aid at work course or want to learn first aid for your everyday life, you can book a first aid training course near you.

Red-Cross-first-aid-at-work-workshop-demonstration

About first aid training

Red Cross first aid training provides a range of first aid courses covering:

  • health and safety
  • first aid at work
  • mental health training and more.

Find a Red Cross first aid training course