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Frequently Asked Questions - Volunteering

Are you an adult looking to volunteer?

If you are over 18, take a look at our volunteer page where you will find full details of all the volunteering roles that are currently available.

Are you under 18 or have a child who wants to get involved?

Take a look at our young people page where you can find out about our programmes for young people in your area.

Have you applied to volunteer and want to check the status of your application?

You can manage your application from our Candidate Portal using your login details.

Want a first aid training course?

If you have applied to volunteer and want to know what training you'll receive, have a look at our volunteer training page.

How do I become an event first aider?

If you’re over 18, take a look at our event first aiders page where you can find out what roles are available and search for vacancies.

I am 17. Can I apply for an adult role, ready for when I turn 18?

Unfortunately no, you need to be 18 before you can apply for an adult role.

I can’t find a vacancy in my area - what should I do?

If you live in England and the Isles, visit our volunteers page to check vacancies and apply. Alternatively you can sign up for alerts to notify you when a role in your area becomes available.

If you live outside of England, take a look at opportunities near you on our volunteering outside England page.

What training qualifications do I need?

For most of our roles, we’ll provide all the training you need. Some volunteer roles, such as those for professional clinicians, require you to hold a specific qualification before you apply. The requirements for each role are listed on our volunteers page.

How much time do I need to give?

We ask for 60 volunteering hours a year, which can be done at a time and location that suits you.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to become an adult volunteer. However, we ask volunteers in our youth programmes to pay yearly subscriptions to cover costs including equipment, certificates and badges. For more information see our information for parents.

Can I use St John Ambulance volunteering to contribute to my Duke of Edinburgh award?

Yes! Many of our young volunteers have done this. Find out more about joining our cadets to help you complete your award.

Can I do my work experience with you?

Unfortunately, we are unable to support work experience at this point in time.

I want to be a paramedic, will you train me?

Unfortunately, you can only become a paramedic by attending a university that offers a paramedic science course. You can work your way up with some NHS ambulance services; however, you would need to check with your local service if this is something that they offer. Our volunteers will be trained to FutureQuals Level 3 and Level 4 awards in Emergency Care (Emergency Care Assistant and Associate Ambulance Practitioner) which has replaced IHCD.

I live abroad and want to volunteer, what do I do?

St John Ambulance only covers England and the Isles. Find out about volunteering outside England at St John International.

I have submitted an application but have heard anything.

We aim to respond to all applications within 3 weeks, however, if you have not heard in this time, then please contact either our regional office or Please include your name and where you have applied for a role in your email.

If you still can't find what you're looking for, contact us directly.

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