Tag: help a mate

Shock tactics


Katrina has sent me a link to a great road safety video made in south Wales. Its been featured in the Guardian and also on various TV channels throughout the US. The film focuses on the dangers of texting whilst driving, I should warn people its very graphic and not for the faint hearted. There’s also a great article detailing some of the thoughts behind making the film.

Watch the video on Youtube (Graphic content)


First aid for real on the last day on the road


The last night proved to be eventful for Chris and myself as we came across a lady experiencing chest pains. We found her collapsed on the busy Friday night London Underground.

We treated and cared for the lady, who suffers from angina, staying with her until the ambulance service arrived.

If you have any first aid questions then ask fellow blogger Brad Smith.

It was a bright and early start for the road show team on Saturday. We battled to get through the London traffic! Our destination was in Maidstone Red Cross Centre where we had two groups of young people in the morning and in the afternoon.

It’s been a long week but as I sit on this train on my way home, I feel this road show really has been a success. We have accomplished our missions to meet the most vunerable of young people, we have seen estates that they live in and we have given their communities the confidence to stop and help a mate before it’s really too late.

From all the road show team, we would like to thank you for following our blogs this week.

Tales from the road (day five)


Our travels today took us to Broadwater Farm estate, London.day5pic2

We were teaching local young offenders in our sessions. The groups were small, but this allowed us to really engage with the young people and get them involved! As well as first aid, we played several ‘ice breaker’ games such as pictionary to get them involved. “There were less people but this gave us more quality time with the individual young people” Nathan Hollingsworth (Peer educator, 20) More

Tales from the road (day two)


Three tubs of ice cream, 85 miles and one eventful day later…!

Day two of the roadshow took us to a community centre in Harlow, Essex. The centre accommodates homeless young people and helps them find employment and training. We ran two sessions (morning and afternoon) training some of the young people living in the centre. The young people really engaged with the sessions, one person even stayed for the whole day and helped us with the group! More

Tales from the road (day one)


Peer educator teaches young people how to treat a burn

Hello from Harlow (thats Essex by the way!)

Today was the first day of our Help a Mate roadshow around the southeast. Chris talked about this briefly in a previous post  but to sum up: we’re a team of peer educators travelling around the southeast teaching young people how to deal with road traffic incidents. The sessions we run have been designed by young people and helps them build confidence as we stage a mock car crash.


I have a question


What did you do today?

Felt the Monday blues? Enjoyed the sunshine? Had a day off?

A normal day.

Not for everyone. Every day, on average seven people die on our roads. Each year, 28,500 people are seriously injured and many of these casualties are children. roadsafetycrash

The British Red Cross is currently running a campaign called “Help a Mate”. The idea is for peer educators to teach young people in deprived areas how to deal with road traffic collisions. Next week, a team of peer educators (including me!) will be touring the south east visiting various youth and community groups.