Community education workshops for children and young people

Helping young people build essential life skills

Our free educational workshops cover a range of topics including first aid, wellbeing, migration and more. Available to ages 10 to 19, explore what young people could achieve.

Young people in classroom with teacher looking at presenter

Whether young people are learning at school, at home or from a youth group, the British Red Cross has a workshop to suit them. All workshops are aimed at 10 to 19-year-olds. 

In some areas, we can offer free face-to-face versions of these workshops where an educator can visit your group of young people. 

Our online workshops can be run for a group online via a platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Alternatively if an entire group is meeting physically, a Red Cross educator can be streamed to the front of the group. 

Read the workshop descriptions below to find out what's available.

First aid

An online workshop where you will learn essential first aid skills. We will introduce you to the work that we do in the UK, help you to build the confidence and willingness to help someone in an emergency, using everyday objects that you have around you. We also show you where to get support if you have an injury or illness.

Our face-to-face first aid workshop is offered to groups in communities who need it the most. To enquire if we’re able to deliver a face-to-face workshop with your group, please contact redcrosseducation@redcross.org.uk

 

As a result of this workshop we aim to help you:

  • be more confident to help someone in a first aid emergency
  • be more willing to help someone in a first aid emergency
  • be more able to help someone in a first aid emergency

Available as:

  • Face-to-face workshop (eligible groups only)
  • Online workshop

Empathy and migration

An online workshop to learn more about the people in your community. We’ll look at the different reasons people leave home, help you to develop empathy about migrants' motives for moving and understand the obstacles they face in their new homes. We can help you to challenge assumptions about migrants, asylum seekers and refugees as well as develop mutual respect and understanding of your community by using stories to build empathy.

As a result of this workshop we aim to help you:

  • develop knowledge and explore your assumptions surrounding refugees, asylum seekers and migration
  • think about the different reasons why people leave home
  • recognise connections between migrants and yourselves
  • Empathise with their experiences and share them with others

Coping with challenges

Young people face a variety of multi-layered challenges in their life. This workshop aims to provide young people with a resilience building framework to help them cope better with the challenges they face.

Using experiential learning the workshop stimulates the learners to learn by participating in group tasks and activities, followed by guided periods of reflection to consolidate the learning.

Our face-to-face workshop is offered to groups in communities who need it the most. To enquire if we’re able to deliver a face-to-face workshop with your group, please contact redcrosseducation@redcross.org.uk

As a result of this workshop we aim to help you:

  • explain how people can cope with challenges using the four pillars of resilience
  • understand the relationship between connections with others and resilience
  • feel confident to apply what they have learnt to better cope with challenge

Available as:

  • Face-to-face workshop (eligible groups only)
  • Online workshop

Book your workshop now!

Use our simple online form to book an online workshop for your class or group.

Book now

Alternatively, book by: 

  • Emailing us on redcrosseducation@redcross.org.uk
  • Calling us on 07545 926568
  • To enquire about a face-to-face workshop for your class or group, please e-mail or call us to discuss your needs.

Frequently asked questions

I don’t know anything about first aid – is this for me?

You don’t need to have any previous experience, just a willingness to take part.

How much do the workshops cost?

FREE! There is no cost to you or your organisation. If you wish to undertake a certified course such as first aid at work, please contact Red Cross Training who will advise you on what type of course that you need. 

If you would like to support Community Education and help us reach those who need it most through our free online resources and workshops building live-saving first aid and wellbeing skills, you can donate here.

Will the first aid workshop give me a qualification?

We can provide a certificate of learning which you can fill in yourself, but this does not meet any workplace requirements. For accredited first aid courses, please visit https://www.redcrossfirstaidtraining.co.uk/.

Who is delivering these workshops?

All workshops are delivered by trained British Red Cross educators. They have a great deal of experience in humanitarian and first aid education.

What equipment do I need?

If joining an online workshop, you can join in on a computer, tablet or smartphone. You may benefit from the larger screen on a computer if you have one available. Please contact redcrosseducation@redcross.org.uk if you would like more information. .

What platform do you use to deliver?

We currently use Zoom or Microsoft Teams to deliver our workshops. We are exploring other platforms. Please mention at time of booking if you use another video conferencing software. 

Need help with Zoom? Click here to download our Zoom how to guide

How long do the workshops last?

It depends on the type of session you are joining. Workshops typically last between 60 and 90 minutes. If you have special requirements, please get in touch, and we can discuss them with you.

What kind of things will I learn?

What you learn will depend on the workshop you attend. Our educators have specific learning outcomes for each class.

What can I do to prepare?

No preparation is required, just make sure your surrounding environment is quiet so you can hear and contribute. We will send you a ‘getting the most out of your workshops’ ahead of your workshop.

I am looking for face to face workshops. Can I book one?

Bookings for our face-to-face workshops are now open. To find out if your group or school is eligible for a face to face workshop, please e-mail redcrosseducation@redcross.org.uk.

What are we doing to keep you safe?

We are running Covid secure workshops, which are fully risk assessed. Our workshops will be delivered by experienced educators who will assess the group and environment and select delivery methods/activities based on this. We will maintain social distancing and wear face masks throughout the workshop. You can read our full safety statement and risk assessment here.

We require each organisation to submit a copy of the risk assessment for the workshop to be confirmed. If you have any further questions on how we are keeping you safe, please contact redcrosseducation@redcross.org.uk.

Where can I find out more information?

We have a range of first aid resources on our website, which freely are available to anyone that wishes to learn key skills to use in a first aid emergency. 

With the British Red Cross apps - you’re only two taps away from learning how to help someone in a first aid emergency. These are free to download, letting you learn simple first aid skills at a time to suit you.

Contact information

If your question is not answered above, please contact us on redcrosseducation@redcross.org.uk or call 07545 926568.