About Yourstance

Run by healthcare professionals

YourStance is a preventative educational project which empowers young people to make informed decisions when faced with an emergency by teaching lifesaving skills.

Our Goals: To eradicate needless deaths in our communities by having open conversations, empowering, and sharing knowledge and skills between experienced healthcare professionals and young people at
risk of serious youth violence.

Our packages

All of our workshops are trauma informed and evidence based practice from the resus council, APLS and Stop the Bleed.

Depending on the circumstance we will ask for a contribution towards our workshops ongoing costs. Please ask for the full cost package if keen to book a session.

Want to set up your own workshops in your hospital, trust or community?

Get in touch with Chantelle.lesforis@yourstance.org

Virtual Zero Responder (Face to face or Virtual)

Workshops run for 1.5 hours and teach bleed control skills and basic life support.

Haemorrhage control (Face to face or Virtual)

Workshops run for 1.5 hours and teach bleed control skills and consequences of significant injuries.

Outreach / Detachment

Combination of Zero responder skills taught out on the streets in collaboration with local youth detachment teams. We bring fundamental life saving skills directly to young people in their communities. Get in touch at info@yourstance.org if you are a detachment team interested in collaborating

 

Advance Zero Responder workshop

Aimed at professionals working with young people who may be at risk of serious youth violence on how to manage a bleed. We work with your team to create a tailored teaching programme to empower your team on how to manage an emergency situation with a young person who has been seriously injured. Contact ana.waddington@yourstance.org if you would like to purchase this workshop.

YourSTANCE: our story

YourStance is a preventative educational project which empowers young people to make informed decisions when faced with an emergency by teaching lifesaving skills.

Our Goals

To eradicate needless deaths in our communities by having open conversations, empowering, and sharing knowledge and skills between experienced healthcare professionals and young people at risk of serious youth violence.

NHS London Violence Reduction Programme collaboration with YourStance:
The London Violence Reduction Programme was established in mid-2019 to deliver a coordinated regional health response to violence reduction across the capital. The programme is comprised of a number of workstreams aiming to mobilise local health systems to support violence reduction and improve wellbeing in our communities.

Using existing knowledge, design and implementation, the London Violence Reduction Programme and YourStance are working together to equip vulnerable young Londoners fundamental lifesaving skills. Outreach sessions will teach youth aged 11 – 25 how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and haemorrhage control following serious incidents of violence.

Why is it important?

Research at the Royal London (BMJ, 2018) highlighted the case for timely treatment and action for better health and life outcomes of young people seriously injured by serious youth violence. This has contributed to the importance of our programme, to teach and empower young people between the ages of 13-25 years, most at risk of serious youth violence, with skills to save a life if faced with an emergency.

The programme is built upon the passion and expertise of clinical volunteers. YourStance does rely on local funding grants and therefore will ask for a contribution towards the projects costs. Please get in touch if you would like to support the project info@yourstance.org

How is this project going to create change?

Workshops are targeted to areas of high youth violence, and to young people that are at risk/vulnerable to serious youth violence. The project also inspires vulnerable young people to be proactive in their own communities – increasing their self-esteem, confidence, and skills – as well as promoting the next generation of healthcare professionals from non-traditional backgrounds, through our teaching and introduction to specialities. It creates a safe, non-judgemental space for
healthcare professionals and young people to learn from each other. And it tackles compassion fatigue and the lack of understanding from healthcare professionals through volunteering opportunities and in-house teaching sessions.

An evaluation framework was developed in collaboration with the young people to support YourStance’s understanding of the impact and outcomes of the programme delivery. It is the aim for the evidence to be shared widely and be used to inform practice across the country.

YourStance has taught over 1200 young people lifesaving skills. Feedback from 570
young alumni of the programme has revealed that:

• 90% felt better prepared to respond to emergencies as a result of teaching sessions.
• 95% indicated that they learned something new from the sessions.
• 87% said they learned something which would have been useful to them in the past
• 87% said they would recommend the session to a friend.

Are you interested in setting up a similar project locally? We have the package for you! Contact chantelle.lesforis@yourstance.org to find out more on how to set it up.

what we offer

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Expertise

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. 

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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.

03.

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. 

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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.

OUR SUPPORTERS

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our core team

Ana Waddington

Founder and Co Director of Services and New Business
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Ana Waddington founded the project and won Nurse of the Year 2021.
She is a senior trauma and critical care outreach nurse. She has extensive experience in supporting young people at risk of serious youth violence and currently lectures on Adolescent health for QMUL. probably have not heard of them accusamus labore sustainable VHS.

Helen Ormrod

Co Director of communications, Safeguarding and finance
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Helen is a senior paediatric a&e nurse. She has extensive experience in managing emergencies and volunteers her time both on refugee camps and for UK Med. She is passionate about social change and has recently trained as a clinical supervisor to support health care professionals in clinical supervision.

Chantelle Lesforis

Co Director of hospital models
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Chantelle is an experienced community and acute neonatal nurse. She previously worked for Hackney council and gained extensive experience in supporting vulnerable young adults in the community. She is experienced in service development and has set up our first ever hospital model that can be replicated across the country.

Lucie Emery

PRU and Prison Coordinator
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Lucie is an experienced trauma and orthopaedic nurse. She has been working for YourStance for over a year and has developed the PRU and Prison curriculum. With her professional and personal experience Lucie has developed tailored curriculums, bringing a multitude of specialities to provide the most valuable workshops for young people. She currently works in collaboration with St Giles Trust and RedThread. She is always looking for better ways to support young people in non traditional settings. Please get in touch!

Tasha Warner

Outreach and detachment coordinator
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Natasha Warner is a physicians associate with extensive experience in managing acutely unwell cardiac patients and also works in GP services in the community. She has an excellent understanding of the issues affecting young people today. With her clinical and social experience, Natasha works in our detachment service offering workshops for young people both on the streets in collaboration with youth workers and within youth hubs.

YOURSTANCE
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.

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Testimonials

"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."
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Young Person
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"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
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YourStance in the press

NHS ENGLAND

We are working with support from the nhs

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.

Volunteer

Come join our team and help us teach young people life saving skills!

YourStance currently has over 241 volunteers comprising of doctors, nurses and Paramedics, but we really need more to help us reach more young people.

Why help?

Surveys from the volunteers have revealed that:

  • 88% of volunteers had benefited a lot from YourStance training.
  • After attending a session, there was an increase in the proportion who said they felt comfortable looking after young people who have been victims of serious youth violence.
  • There was an increase in the proportion of volunteers who felt they understood the reasons why young people come to be at risk of serious youth violence.

Register below to find out more:

Location

Whitechapel, London

Mail

volunteer@yourstance.org

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