Every year, over 3,500 people around Scotland are treated by the Scottish Ambulance Service after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Unfortunately, only around 1 in 20 people will survive. Starting CPR saves lives, so we want to see many more people ready to act in an emergency.
As part of our work dedicated to saving and enhancing life, St John Scotland is a proud partner of Save a Life for Scotland. This partnership aims to train 500,000 people in Scotland in CPR.
CPR training is a simple way to give people the skills and confidence to step in and save a life. Save a Life for Scotland hopes that by training many more people in CPR, 1,000 additional lives could be saved by 2020.
St John Scotland hosts pop-up CPR sessions across the country, free of charge, and open to people of all ages. To find out where our next CPR training session is, visit our What’s On page.
Andrew Robertson enjoys being a volunteer CPR trainer with St John Scotland, and would encourage others to get involved. He said: "I learned CPR on a first aid course, and really enjoyed it. After that I felt I could contribute so much more by actually delivering the training myself and passing on the skills I’d learned. I helped out at a St John Scotland CPR event in Edinburgh, and really enjoyed the opportunity to get involved.
"Learning and teaching CPR really does make a difference. People are really grateful to learn skills that might help them save someone’s life, and it’s great to know there are people alive today because of the actions of someone who performed CPR to buy time until professional help arrived.”