YOUNGSTERS in Basingstoke are being encouraged to become first aid experts as part of a relaunch programme from St John Ambulance.

The charity is celebrating the relaunch of its Badger programme, which meets weekly to learn a range of important life skills, including how to save lives using first aid, in a fun and engaging way.

The Sett in Basingstoke is looking for new volunteer leaders to support the children as they progress towards their bronze, silver and Super Badger Awards. The children collect certificates and badges to wear on their uniforms, in recognition of their achievements in subjects such as ‘Helpful Badger’, ‘Eco Badger’ and ‘Caring Badger’ District Youth Lead, David Lygo, said: “We are not asking people to give huge amounts of their time – just one evening a week can make so much of a difference.

“Learning first aid is an important thing at any time of life but teaching children equips them to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved from a young age.

“It also builds their confidence, teaches them new skills and puts something back into the community.”

For more information about becoming a youth leader with Basingstoke Badgers visit or call David Lygo on 07854 253478.

The Badger programme recently celebrated its 30th birthday and has been completely revamped to make it more appealing to children, including a new look for its mascot, Bertie Badger.