Project information

Save a Baby's Life Pilot Project

Save a Baby's Life workshops train parents and carers of children aged 3 years and under what to do in an emergency first aid situation. Subjects covered include Infant Drowning, Infant Choking, and Infant CPR - all potentially lifesaving skills. Funds raised will allow us to run more free sessions.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information

The Royal Life Saving Society - UK

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  • Need


    Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death in children, with choking another potentially fatal occurrence.

    New parents and carers of infants receive little in the way of training or information in terms of emergency care, and the majority would not know what to do in a drowning or choking incident involving a young child.

    Infant first aid are generally limited in their availability, with most being too expensive for a proportion of parents and carers to attend.


    Save a Baby's Life workshops equip parents and carers with essential lifesaving skills, teaching them what to do if a child in their care has a drowning or choking accident, as well as how to administer infant CPR.
    Our aim is to widen our provision of free-to-attend Save a Baby's Life sessions for parents and carers across the UK.
    Courses are run by highly trained, dedicated volunteers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To launch a successful Save a Baby's Life pilot project within the London Borough of Camden in 2017.


    » Run locally-based awareness events to highlight the content of the workshops, and to encourage sign ups for future workshop sessions.
    » Launch a programme of free-to-attend workshop sessions for the local community within Camden throughout the course of 2017.

    Full attendance of each workshop session, with attendees achieving their certification would reflect a successful outcome. Comprehensive records and feedback would be collated.

  • Impact


    Delivery of a successful pilot scheme would allow RLSS UK to build a further case for potential funders and supporters to help us roll out the workshops, allowing us to deliver further free sessions.
    We also have the expertise to further develop our provision to include workshops covering the care of older children and adults.
    Both of these outcomes would ensure that as many people as possible had access to free lifesaving training courses.


    The main obstacles we have in running free to attend to workshops are the ability to recruit volunteers, and the costs of setting up new groups, for example, the provision of equipment.
    We have built a strong network of dedicated volunteers across the UK by offering excellent training and opportunities, and work in conjunction with community groups and Lifesaving Clubs, which encourages volunteers.
    We are working with corporate partners to help fund the specialist equipment required.


    RLSS UK send out regularly e-newsletters to our supporters, and we are highly active on the main social media channels to share stories about our work. Our website is also regularly updated with information about our projects, and our future plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,397

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,407 Save a Baby's Life Set of 8 infant mannikins
      £1,280 Save a Baby's Life Instructor training and mentoring, volunteers expenses (e.g. travel costs)
      £1,200 Save a Baby's Life Room hire costs
      £510 Save a Baby's Life Promotional activities to encourage workshop sign ups
  • Background


    Whilst a nationally operating charity, RLSS UK also work across 47 regional Branches, including the London Boroughs.
    With Camden having been identified as one of the most deprived areas within the UK, but with strong support from our local Branch and volunteers, that this would be an area in which our free to attend workshops might be most beneficial.


    The Save a Baby's Life workshops are aimed at anyone who has any responsibility for a child under the age of 3.
    Families, carers and anyone working with young children could potentially attend, and would learn vital lifesaving skills which they could then pass on to their wider families and community.
    Should the project broaden in the longer term, an even wider audience would benefit, including older children and adults.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    RLSS UK we have an impressive heritage. We have built up years of experience and we are proud to boast a strong force of loyal members and volunteers who work with us to promote water safety and educate in lifesaving skills.
    Our roots were established back in 1891 as the Life Saving Society, and in the early 1900s, we were granted permission to adopt the ‘Royal’ to our title.
    We have used our extensive knowledge to develop a broad range of qualifications which support lifesaving.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jade Saunders

    Community Development Coordinator - acts as the first point of contact for workshop volunteers and trainers