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Frequently Asked Questions - Young people

Youth programmes

Where is the nearest unit?

Please supply us with your postcode and we will be able to tell you which of our units is closest to you.

What does being a Cadet involve?

Cadets is for young people aged between 10 and 17 years of age and they learn first aid skills in a variety of fun activities, which promote them to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Can I just turn up to the unit?

Unfortunately not. If you'd like to register as a Badger or Cadet, contact one of our regional offices to find your nearest unit and our unit managers will arrange a visit for you.

Can I speak to the unit manager directly?

The unit manager will contact you once we receive all of the information required.

Can I learn first aid?

St John Ambulance believes that everyone should receive first aid training, so learning first aid forms a big part of the Cadet and Badger programmes. If you'd like to enquire about our youth programmes, send your name, the name of the young person, their date of birth, your full address including postcode and a contact number to your nearest regional office.

Young people under 18

I would like some first aid training for me/my school/my youth club, how do I go about doing this?

Please contact your regional training team with your requirements including location, the type of training you are looking for and the number of people to be trained.

I am under 18 and would like to volunteer for St John Ambulance, what opportunities are available?

We run three programmes for young people, Badgers (aged 7-10), Cadets (aged 10-17) and RISE, which is for young people between 14 and 25 who are not in education, employment or training. Please contact your regional office to find out more.

I would like to become a paramedic - do you offer any training?

Unfortunately, you can only become a paramedic by attending a university that offers a paramedic science course. 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. For more information on becoming a paramedic visit NHS careers.

I live in Scotland and would like to volunteer for St John Ambulance and/or receive some first aid training

Please visit St Andrews First Aid.

I live in Wales and would like to volunteer for St John Ambulance and /or receive some first aid training

Please contact St John Cymru Wales to find out more about their opportunities and how you can get involved.

I am looking for some work experience - can you help?

We currently don't offer a formal work experience programme, but you can contact your regional office to see if they have any local opportunities.

I would like to undertake my Duke of Edinburgh award through St John Ambulance - how can I do this?

If you're interested in undertaking your Duke of Edinburgh through St John Ambulance, you will need to join our Cadets. If you are undertaking your Duke of Edinburgh award with another provider and you are also a Cadet with us, learning first aid can count towards the skills sections of our Duke of Edinburgh award. Contact your regional office to find out more about how to join as a Cadet, or your Regional Adventure Lead if you are already a Cadet and want to find out of the Duke of Edinburgh award is being run in your area.

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

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General enquiries

08700 104950 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) Calls cost 2p per minutes plus your phone company's access charge.

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