First Aid

A minute can make a difference. 

Only 4 in 10 people in the UK would feel confident helping someone in a first aid emergency - Opinium, July 2023, nationally representative 2,000 UK adults.

Children practice first aid on a dummy

Would you know what to do in a first aid emergency? The British Red Cross offers free online workshops and resources to help build skills and confidence to save lives. Scroll down to find out more. 

Staying safe while giving first aid

Please always consider your personal safety when giving first aid. Look out for any dangers and only act when you're confident it is safe to do so.

On this page you can:

  • learn or teach simple first aid skills
  • find a free first aid workshop
  • book a paid first aid course with Red Cross Training
  • download our free First aid app
  • read true first aid stories

First aid workshops and Red Cross Training courses

What is the difference between a workshop and a course? 

  • Workshop: free first aid workshops for individuals and schools that empower learners with basic first aid skills using everyday objects. These workshops are free but unaccredited. 
  • Course: accredited first aid courses (provided by Red Cross Training) that require payment and provide learners with a valuable first aid qualification.

Free first aid workshops

Free workshops, online or face-to-face, to learn basic first aid skills. These workshops are unaccredited, but equip you with basic skills to help in a first aid emergency.

Book an adult workshop

Book a youth workshop

Paid first aid courses

Health and safety, first aid at work, mental health training and more. These accredited courses by Red Cross Training require payment and will provide you with a valuable first aid qualification.  

Book a first aid course