Heartstart

The Heartstart volunteering project aims to teach vital lifesaving skills and spread first aid awareness across Greater Manchester. You will be part of a group of trained student volunteers in which you will deliver basic first aid sessions in local community settings.

A basic knowledge of emergency first aid can save lives. The Heartstart project will give you the chance to make a real difference by helping to increase awareness of first aid and confidence in using lifesaving skills among the local community.

Applicants must be available for one of the training days:

  • Thursday 19 October 2017, 9am-5pm or
  • Wednesday 1 November, 9am-5pm
You will receive training that will equip you to deliver sessions in Basic Life Support (BLS), covering a range of first aid topics including the recovery position, CPR, choking, serious bleeding and heart attack. Throughout the year you will work in small groups to plan and deliver sessions in various local community settings including schools, youth groups and community centres. The sessions will need to be tailored to each audience, taking into account the age of the participants, the time available and the topics they would like to cover. You’ll use a range of resources to help you deliver the sessions including training manikins and DVD clips for each of the topics. You’ll be responsible for looking after the equipment and ensuring it is in good working order for each session. An additional part of the project will include fundraising to increase the amount of equipment available for your sessions.


The Heartstart project runs across the whole academic year, starting with a training programme that you will undertake at the beginning of the year before starting to plan and deliver your own sessions.

Sessions can be booked to fit around your availability and we ask that you commit to delivering a minimum of five sessions across the year, although we would encourage you to do more.

Before each session you will meet with your sub-team to plan activities and prepare the resources you will need. Preparing for and delivering sessions and meeting with your team could total around three to four hours per week, but this is flexible depending on when sessions are booked in. 

You don’t need to have prior experience in first aid to become a Heartstart trainer. An interest in first aid is essential, and we also ask that you are confident in presenting to large groups.
You will receive full training as a Heartstart trainer which includes a complete run-through of the BLS skills you will be delivering and tips on how to plan and deliver sessions effectively. The Volunteering and Community Engagement Team at the University will provide support to you throughout the project.

You will gain experience and increase your confidence in delivering practical sessions and presenting to groups of different ages and backgrounds in a range of settings. You’ll also have the opportunity to get involved in other initiatives including promoting first aid to other students and taking part in events.

How can I get involved?

  • Download the Heartstart application form
  • Complete your application form and return it to volunteers@manchester.ac.uk
  • We will be in touch to let you know if you have secured a place on the team
  • If successful you will need to attend an initial training day on either Thursday 19 October or Wednesday 1 November
  • You will then attend a follow-up induction session (date to be confirmed).

Heartstart application form

Heartstart application form

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