11th January 2017
Reduction of knife crime and the progress of marginalised young people in Birmingham has been the focus of St John Ambulance's RISE BYPE social action. In order to tackle these extremely important issues, RISE BYPE (Respect, Inspire, Support and Empower - Birmingham Youth Peer Educators) aimed not only to deliver new skills to young people, but also to help them through discussions on knife and gun crime, sharing experiences and providing new opportunities to get involved with St John Ambulance.
The unit has also been responsible for delivering first aid training specifically related to knife crime, called Stick-It. The First Aid Stick-it Training was offered to young people between the ages of 14 and 25 and enabled beneficiaries to learn how to manage an incident.
By targeting hard to reach communities, who might otherwise miss out on the opportunity to be trained in first aid, the volunteers actively worked to empower young people. Young people gained key skills in first aid training and are now qualified to treat the person they care for as knowledgeable, motivated and confident first aiders.