Frequently Asked Questions - Young people
Where is the nearest unit?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
If you still can't find what you're looking for, contact us