St John Ambulance
launches Step up to Serve campaign at Buckingham
Sue Killen, St John Ambulance Chief
Executive, and Zain Osmani, London region’s Cadet of the Year,
today will be at Buckingham Palace to help launch Step Up to
HRH The Prince of Wales
and Prime Minister David Cameron were in
attendance to support the campaign, that will increase
access for young people to become involved in
social action through joining organisations,
particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Zain said: ‘It's both an honour and a
privilege to represent St John Ambulance and the work we do with
young people. The fact that I'm doing this at Buckingham Palace
just seems surreal.’
Creating access for young people
By 2022, there will be 40,000 new volunteer
roles for young people to join through the Youth United
Network, a collective of organisations that have pledged to create
more opportunities for youth. The Network is on target to see
one-quarter (10,000) of these roles created by September 2014 with
help from government funding.
St John Ambulance is a member of Youth United
Network along with the Scout Association, Girlguiding, Army Cadet
Force, Sea Cadets, Boys' Brigade, Girls' Brigade, Volunteer Police
Cadets, Fire Cadets and the RAF Air Cadets.
Step Up to Serve was created in response to a
review into the quality and quantity of social action programs for
those aged 10-20, commissioned by Mr Cameron in 2012.
St John Ambulance has a range of volunteering
opportunities for youth. As well as the traditional Cadets
program, the organisation has the RISE programme
for 16-25 year olds not in education, employment or training.