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St John Ambulance Cadets (ages 10-17)

As a Cadet, you'll have an exciting journey ahead of you. You'll get to meet new people, learn new skills, and build your confidence.

Young people aged 10-17 can join one of our Cadet units, which operate across England. Units meet once a week.

Life saving skills are at the heart of our Cadet programme. There is also the opportunity to use these first aid skills by supporting our adult volunteers at events.

Some Cadets work towards their Grand Prior's Award. As part of the Award, you'll be able to take part in a wide range of activities.

‘Being a St John Ambulance Cadet has made me more confident and taught me that, no matter what, if I put my mind to something I can achieve it. It has allowed me to become a young woman who is ready to try anything and who wants to succeed.’ – Shannon, Cadet

What you'll get up to as a Cadet

Many Cadets join St John Ambulance to gain relevant experience before pursuing a career as a paramedic or health care professional. With so many different activities to get involved with, there is something for everyone.

Some of these include:

  • • learning first aid and volunteering at events
  • • engaging in social action and helping your local community
  • • learning about health and wellbeing
  • • developing your confidence and communication skills through our Cadet leadership courses
  • • becoming a Peer Educator and helping to teach others first aid
  • • enjoying a wide range of adventurous activities on a residential summer camp.

Join a Cadet unit

Are you interested in joining Cadets? Contact our regional offices to find your nearest unit today.



Watch Cadet Shyr-Nai talk about why she loves St John Ambulance Cadets

St John Ambulance charges an annual subscription to cover the costs of supporting its young people. These include, among other things, leader training, equipment, certificates and badges. Financial assistance is also available. For more information please check our information for parents.

Get involved with our youth programmes

Get involved with Cadets

Contact our regional offices to find your nearest unit

Training for Cadets

Progress to become a Peer Educator or Youth First Aider

Cadet uniform

Dress to impress and find out more about our uniform guidelines

Information for parents

All you need to know about our youth programmes

Become a Youth Team volunter

Feeling inspired? Search our current vacancies

Student volunteering

If you’re at university, you can join a first aid society.

St John Ambulance student volunteer Hazel