Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit

StreetDoctors delivers practical and interactive skills-based training sessions which give young people the confidence and practice to act in a real medical emergency.

In each session, healthcare volunteers work with a group of 5–15 young people. After working
with the VRU on several partnership projects, StreetDoctors were commissioned to pilot
the Stepwise programme at HMP Hindley.

All work is trauma informed and complies with safeguarding best practice.

StreetDoctors works because;

After young people have attended StreetDoctors sessions, 95% know what to do if someone is bleeding or unconscious, 93% understand the medical consequences of violence and 85% would be willing to act in a medical emergency.

The VRU have worked with StreetDoctors to deliver the StepWise programme – a six-week youth engagement and education programme that enables young people affected by violence to learn, share, and teach emergency lifesaving skills and find out more about healthcare careers from inspiring role models.

Watch this short clip to hear one young person’s thoughts on the programme:

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