St John Ambulance is offering primary and secondary schools in the region free first aid lessons and teaching resources after netting Government funding.
The Government’s Character Education grant will allow the charity to first aid train 100,000 young people in life saving skills, giving them the knowledge to help family, friends or someone in the community when they need it most.
More than 50 schools from Yorkshire and the Humber have already booked with St John Ambulance for the free sessions, which cover vital skills.
Paul Cairns, regional schools and community projects co-ordinator for the charity, said: “We know schools want their pupils to learn first aid but most of them don’t have the resource to teach it – this is the perfect opportunity for them to get life-saving skills taught in the classroom.
“First aid can boost confidence, develop integrity, encourage resilience and inspire young people to be the difference in their communities. We believe that all pupils should have the chance to learn first aid and develop these skills.”
The Character Education grant is also being used by the charity to boost its Big First Aid Lesson school resources.