St John Ambulance mini-manifesto
St John Ambulance has launched a
mini-manifesto for the general election. The
document identifies four areas where the charity
is looking for support from a future
The four areas
Specifically, St John Ambulance is calling for government
support to ensure that:
- Workplaces are suitably prepared to provide first aid
- Schools offer first aid training to pupils
- Communities and businesses support volunteers
- Young people are inspired to take an active role in their
'We want national decision makers to understand how
their choices can make the difference
between lives lost and lives saved,' says Scott Jacobson,
Director of Marketing, Communications and Fundraising.
We believe that anyone who needs first aid should get
it. But the fact is that’s not happening. St John
Ambulance is determined to be the difference between lives
lost and lives saved. And we need your help.
St John Ambulance can be the difference when:
Workplaces are suitably prepared to provide first aid
Health and Safety regulations get a bad press. But they’re vital
to ensure effective first aid provision, by ensuring all businesses
above a certain size have first aid equipment and trained
first aiders in place.
Schools offer first aid training to pupils
Learning first aid should be as important a part of childhood as
learning to tie your shoelaces. But currently, the decision to
teach first aid or not is up to individual schools. We believe that
the government should take the lead, by insisting that
first aid is part of the PSHE curriculum.
Communities and businesses support volunteers
Organisations such as St John Ambulance are providing new, more
flexible volunteering opportunities, which enable citizens to
support their community. The government can encourage
volunteering opportunities and in so doing support
the development of high-quality volunteer managers, and
help foster support-in-kind from businesses and
Young people are inspired to take an active role in their
The lack of premises and leaders for young people is the biggest
barrier to providing a next generation of citizens with important
life skills such as first aid. The government can help the
voluntary sector tackle perceived barriers
that stop people becoming youth leaders.
St John Ambulance
St John Ambulance teaches people first aid so that they can be
the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
We teach young people in schools and through our youth
We teach employees for their workplace, and we teach people in
Some become St John Ambulance volunteers, providing first aid at
events, acting as first responders in the community, or supporting
their local ambulance service.
As the nation’s leading first aid charity, we teach more people
first aid than any other organisation: each year, more than 800,000
complete a St John Ambulance training course.
Even so, fewer than one in 10 people have been trained in first