Supporting the next generation of life savers in the South West

Young people first aid

St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity needs volunteers to support the next generation of life saving young first aiders throughout the South West region.

As a volunteer working with young people you will help the SJA youth mission by giving children and young people opportunities to develop and to help them reach their full potential.

Dave Christophers, Youth Manager for St John Ambulance  in the South West, said: ‘Ideally, we would like people interested in working with our young volunteers to help them learn first aid and other new skills.

But he adds:  ‘The programme is so varied – from photography to cooking and map reading – that people can bring life experiences and knowledge to the organisation without having any prior first aid knowledge.

‘We provide full training in life saving techniques that can be passed on to the next generation of first aiders and there is also the opportunity to study for qualifications in youth work.’

At St John Ambulance we are committed to equality of opportunity for every young person who wishes to get involved and are led by the views and aspirations of our young volunteers.

Our youth volunteers will support local Unit Managers with the organisation and running of a youth unit. You will help to design and deliver an inclusive and accessible youth programme. This will help to meet the aspirations and needs of young people and requirements of our programme.

We currently have opportunities throughout the South West region working with both our Badgers (our 5 - 10 year olds) and our Cadets (our 10 – 18 year olds). Our youth programmes are so varied – we train our young people in everything from life skills through to saving lives.

Our youth leaders are vibrant and bubbly people who want to make a real difference to the lives of young people by volunteering for a few hours a week. We provide all youth leaders with accredited youth worker training leading to a level 2 qualification.

Dave Christophers added: ‘We are not asking people to give huge amounts of their time – just one evening a week can make so much of a difference.

‘Learning first aid is an important thing at any time of life but teaching children and teenagers equips them to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved from a young age.

‘It also builds their confidence, teaches them new skills and puts something back into the community.’

If you can spare a few hours a week and want to help train our future life savers please apply below using the relevant link to the county that you live in.

Cornwall
http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/volunteer/the-role-for-you/volunteer-vacancies---new/vacancy-details.aspx?Id=28148
 
Devon
http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/volunteer/the-role-for-you/volunteer-vacancies---new/vacancy-details.aspx?Id=28147
 
Bristol / Avon
http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/volunteer/the-role-for-you/volunteer-vacancies---new/vacancy-details.aspx?Id=28146
 
Gloucestershire
http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/volunteer/the-role-for-you/volunteer-vacancies---new/vacancy-details.aspx?Id=28144
 
Wiltshire
http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/volunteer/the-role-for-you/volunteer-vacancies---new/vacancy-details.aspx?Id=28145
 
Dorset
http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/volunteer/the-role-for-you/volunteer-vacancies---new/vacancy-details.aspx?Id=28143
 
Somerset
http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/volunteer/the-role-for-you/volunteer-vacancies---new/vacancy-details.aspx?Id=28183

These roles are all subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.