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The Youth Peer Educators of St John Ambulance have been teaching first aid skills specifically related to knife crime to marginalised young people in Birmingham, a prevalent social issue in the most deprived parts of the city. ‘Stick-it’ is the name of this training which took place as part of the RISE project. The marginalised young people are those aged between 14 and 25 who may not be in employment, education or training (NEET), have special education needs (SEN) or from hard to reach communities. The total number of training sessions held in 2016 reached an astonishing 1,800.
The Youth Peer Educators worked with a number of partners and organisations including the National Citizen Service (NCS). The aim of the training is to empower marginalised young people and make them more confident, knowledgeable and motivated to step in, should an emergency arise. Detailed information on ways to get involved with St John Ambulance were also provided.