Youth programmes


Real superheroes don’t wear capes.

Our youth programmes will turn you into a life saver.
And, as well as learning first aid, you’ll get to make new friends and learn some amazing new skills along
the way.


With just under 18,000 participants aged 18 or below,
St John Ambulance is one of the nation’s leading organisations for young people. Our younger volunteers join either as Badgers (for five to 10-year-olds) or Cadets (for 10 to 17-year-olds), where they learn first aid, make new friends and take part in a range of fun activities.


Cadets also get the chance to provide first aid to the public at events and teach first aid to others, and many will go on to serve the community as adult volunteers, either through our university-based student groups, or a wide range of adult volunteer roles.


We also have two youth programmes for our Cadets aged 14 to 17.

Peer Education
gives you the skills to teach first aid to others. As well as learning how to save a life, you’ll get a comprehensive grounding in key techniques and practice that will give you the confidence to deliver a first class training session. It’s a great opportunity to:

• develop your confidence, teamwork and
leadership skills

• gain practical experience of delivering first
aid training

All the training is BTEC-accredited as well, so it looks great on your CV or in a university or college application.


If you want to experience the excitement of delivering first aid at public events in your community – from football matches to music festivals – then sign up for Youth First Aid. As well as learning how to save a life, you’ll:

• develop teamwork and leadership skills

• gain experience of treating and caring for patients, and other vital event skills.

Youth First Aid is a great introduction to our event team, and is also a fantastic way of finding out about the different adult roles in St John Ambulance.


Our student volunteering arms, LINKS, offers students the opportunity to learn first aid, provide first aid cover at events, and improve their CV by gaining new skills.



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