Our income

We're not for profit. By choosing us, you'll not only receive the very best training for you and your colleagues, and the highest quality products for your workplace, but you'll also be helping us build a nation of first aiders.

We teach first aid to over a quarter of a million people every year through our workplace first aid programme, but our work doesn't end there - we're determined to take our first aid message to as many people as possible.

All surplus income we receive from the workplace training you book with us is used to fund our vital charitable work.

However, there is even more you can do to help us save lives.

Partner with St John Ambulance

A partnership is a great way for your organisation to show its commitment to first aid.

To find out more on the many ways to align your brand with our charity, please email corporatepartnerships@sja.org.uk today.

Join our volunteering or fundraising ranks

As an individual, you can also help us be the difference between lives lost and lives saved.

Find out more about how you can become a volunteer how to get involved in the many fundraising opportunities that are happening across the country.

Here's what your support helped us achieve:

Key statistics

  • Every year, we train around 400,000 people in life saving skills through our training programmes
  • In 2015, we trained 262,800 people through the workplace
  • In 2015, we provided fully trained and equipped personnel at more than 30,000 events
  • In 2015, 190,000 students watched The Big First Aid Lesson Live
  • In 2015, there were over 3.4 million visits to our website, containing our essential free first aid information.

General statistics

  • Fewer than one in 10 people have the skills to save a life [St John Ambulance Census Feb 2014*]
  • Our research says less than one in five of us (18%) knows even basic first aid [Helpless stats (research from 2012)]
  • 97% of people feel it is important to know first aid, yet half do not have the confidence in their skills to save a life [St John Ambulance Census Feb 2014]
  • One in two parents feel helpless in an emergency situation [St John Ambulance Census Feb 2014]
  • 62% of parents say knowing first aid skills would make them feel more prepared for parenthood
  • Only 38% of households have a first aid kit at home. Of those, only 8% check the kit [St John Ambulance Census Feb 2014].

Schools and young people

  • Almost 60% of children have no first aid training whatsoever [St John Ambulance Census Feb 2014]
  • 97% of teachers think learning first aid is important, but only 21% offer it in their schools [Big First Aid Lesson stats (YouGov Poll 2014)]
  • 190,000 school children viewed the Big First Aid Lesson Live in June 2015
  • We trained 18,000 young people not in education, employment or training through our RISE project in 2015
  • Just under half of the young people trained through RISE shared their first aid knowledge with others within 12 months of being trained
  • Nearly a third of young people trained through RISE had used their first aid to help others within 12 months of being trained
  • 54% of young people engaged with RISE through volunteering went from Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) to in Employment, Education or Training (EET)
  • In 2015, more than 140,000 young people received first aid training at school
  • 8,500 school pupils received first aid training from St John Ambulance thanks to our partnership with Babcock International in 2015.

Community first aid

  • Every year, around 30,000 adults attend one of our community first aid courses
  • Every year, we train around 400,000 people in life saving skills through our training programmes
  • During Save a Life September 2015, we held over 323 first aid demos across the country
  • In 2015, we distributed over 670,000 first aid guides to provide more people with first aid advice at their fingertips
  • In 2015, over 1,000,000 people viewed our first aid advice videos
  • In 2015, there were 10.7 million views of The Chokeables, our campaign showing people how to save a baby from choking
  • 46 parents told us that they saved their baby from choking as a direct result of our campaign The Chokeables in 2015.

First aid in the workplace

  • St John Ambulance teaches first aid to more people than any other organisation
  • Each year, we offer over 20,000 courses, taking place at over 240 venues
  • In 2015, we trained 262,800 people through the workplace.

Service provision

  • We administer first aid to 90,000 people at events each year
  • We provide first aid coverage at 30,000 events across the country
  • In 2015, our volunteers gave more than 1,000,000 hours to provide first aid at events.

Other

  • In 2015, there were over 3.4 million visits to our website
  • In 2015, more than £110,500 was raised through our Donate for Defibs fundraising appeal – the equivalent to 110 defibrillators to be used where they are needed the most
  • 3,370 pieces of media coverage that directly educated or signposted to first aid advice were secured in 2015.

*The St John Ambulance Census is an annual survey we use to produce a ‘state of the nation’ report into first aid trends.

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