Restart a Heart Day 2018

Find out how you can get involved in Restart a Heart Day, which takes place on Tuesday 16 October 2018.

Performing CPR on elderly woman
Lesson Plan
First aid and the bystander effect

We’re getting ready for this year’s Restart a Heart Day, which takes place on Tuesday 16 October, and we’d love it if you could join in too.

First aid is simple to teach – you don’t need any first aid training yourself – and is fun to learn. Especially with our First aid learning for young people teaching resource (for 11–19 year olds).

Last year, more than 195,000 young people learned first aid on one day; this year’s target is over 200,000. So let’s make 2018 a year to remember and give every young person the opportunity to learn lifesaving skills. You can find out more about the Resuscitation Council’s Restart a Heart Day campaign here.

Win two manikins

We are also giving one lucky school the chance to win two first aid manikins. Simply complete this form to enter our Restart a Heart Day prize draw. The closing date is noon on Friday 28 September. See the full terms and conditions here.

Enter the prize draw

Download our session plan

Our new, one hour flexible session for 11–16 year olds has a range of ideas from energising activities to get your class thinking about helping, to knowledge building activities that give students the skills to help someone who is unresponsive and not breathing.

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Learn the skill: unresponsive and not breathing

Restart a Heart Day is a designated day of action with the aim to teach vital lifesaving skills to as many young people as possible. Teach your students the steps to take if they find someone who is unresponsive and not breathing:

  1. Tilt their head back and look at their chest or stomach to see if it is moving. Look, listen and feel for breaths on your cheek. If they are not breathing, their chest or stomach will not be moving.
  2. Call 999 immediately or ask someone else to do it.
  3. Give chest compressions by pushing firmly in the middle of their chest and then releasing.
  4. Push firmly at a regular rate until help arrives.

Your class can also learn how to help someone who is unresponsive and not breathing when an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available with our new skill. Read the story of CJ and his sister Joy, who helped a man when he suddenly fell to the ground at the swimming pool.

Book a workshop

We also offer fully funded first aid workshops in areas where 10–19-year-olds are at higher risk of experiencing a crisis related to drug/alcohol use or incidents involving knives (or other sharp objects). Find out more about our workshops delivered by a Red Cross educator.

Share your learning

Simply snap a photo with our "I can save a life, so can you" or “I support first aid learning in schools” pledge boards and share it on social media using the hashtags #restartaheart and #learnandshare – don't forget to mention @BritishRedCross. Find out more about our learn and share campaign.