About Yourstance

Save a life, don't take a life

run by healthcare professionals

YourStance teaches young people at risk of serious youth violence the skills of basic life support and haemorrhage control.


It is run by healthcare professionals who see the consequences of serious youth violence in their daily practice.

Our packages

Our content is based on up to date, evidenced based practice from resus council, stop the bleed, and APLS.

Virtual Zero Responder

Workshops delivered via Zoom to teach, BLS, CPR and haemorrhage control in response to Covid-19 restrictions.

Haemorrhage control

If you find someone bleeding, or are bleeding yourself, know how to stop the bleeding and minimise the damage while help arrives.


In conjunction with local outreach teams, we run sessions on the streets to meet young people at risk of serious violence. 

Workshops on serious youth violence

We will come and run workshops to your group of professionals – sharing our experience and advice on opening communication with young people

our story

YourStance was founded by Ana Waddington, Tessa Davis and Helen Ormrod, who felt a sense of helplessness with the amount of young people attending the Royal London Hospital with significant injuries from Serious Youth Violence. 

YourStance started in October 2018 with three volunteers and one mannequin teaching life saving skills in Feltham with Catch 22. Since then the project has expanded, now being able to provide the sessions in alternative education settings, youth detachment venues, and young offending institutes. We have a volunteer database of over 100, all of whom are qualified professionals.

As of October 2019, we are now a community interest company, working in collaboration with the Violence Reduction team at the Royal London, St Giles, Catch 22, London Ambulance Service, and Barts Charity, and are developing our strategy to reach as many young people at risk as possible in the coming year. across the boroughs we reach.

what we offer



We are volunteers, and are all highly trained experts in emergency and trauma, who have had a broad range of professional exposure to serious youth violence. 


Honest conversations

This allows us to have open and honest conversations with young people. We see the consequences of serious youth violence ourselves every day in our professional lives.


Real world experience

In our professional capacity we have worked with young people who are difficult to engage, and therefore can employ similar communication techniques in the sessions. 


Career development

We are also able to talk about career opportunities in healthcare and have been able to open doors to different careers that interest our young people.


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our core team

Ana Waddington

Co-founder & Director of Sessions

Founder, and Paediatric sister in A&E at the Royal London hospital with experience of Serious Youth Violence and adolescent care, as well as working in the charity sector.

Helen Ormrod

Co-founder & Director of Communications

Paediatric A&E sister with experience of managing critically unwell young people and working in the developing world. 

Tessa Davis

Co-founder & Director of Education

Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, Founder of Don’t Forget The Bubbles.

Chantelle Lesforis

Session Co-ordinator

Works as Childrens Commnity nurse and also delivers Health Promotion workshops with Young Hackney.

Holly Wakefield


Senior Nurse in Paediatric Emergency Royal London Hospital.

in numbers

Since beginning in 2019, we have continued to grow.

We run in four boroughs in London and will expand over the coming year.

Young people

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Said they felt better prepared to respond to emergencies as a result of the session

Award nominations (and three wins)​


"I was present when my friend was trying to remove a knife from a wound to help someone. He felt like he didn’t know what to do. But now you have taught us what to do."
Young Person
Pentonville Prison
"I feel like the session was helpful and I genuinely believe it was necessary for the future as I may be able to apply these skills and be of help. I am grateful."
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Young Person
Pentonville Prison
"I feel more confident doing basic life support on the street when I get out. Before the course i would have run away out of fear . Now i know whats best to do."
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Young Person
Feltham Young Offender Institute
"The training is efficient. You are learning life skills. There were things ive never done before. Its interesting and handy - they get you to interact."
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Young Person
Feltham Young Offender Institute

YourStance in the press

RCN: Teaching Skills, Saving Lives

A profile of Ana Waddington and YourStance

RCN Nurse of the Year

Ana Waddington won RCN Nurse of the Year 2020!

BBC Documentary

A BBC report on some of the work we do.

Don't forget the Bubbles

The story of how YourStance began.

Royal College of Nursing

Article about our co-founder, Ana Waddington.

Get in touch

We’re always happy to hear from you.

Whether you are looking to find out more about what we offer, or you’d like to partner with us, we want to hear from you.

Please get in touch.

If you’d like to register as a volunteer, please complete our Volunteer Form here.


Whitechapel, London




    Come and join us.

    We are looking for healthcare professionals to join us and help run sessions.

    Please complete the form here and we will be in touch.


    Whitechapel, London