St John Ambulance launches mobile classroom

St John Ambulance's Mobile Classroom

We’re taking life saving skills on the road this summer, with the launch of our very first mobile classroom.

We’ve converted an old ambulance into a brand new training facility, which will be touring town centres, and car parks across Cornwall, including the county’s famous beaches.

‘This is an incredibly exciting and innovative project – the first of its kind for St John Ambulance – and I’m thrilled that we’re launching it in my home county of Cornwall,’ said the charity’s regional youth services manager, Dave Christophers.

‘The benefits of delivering first aid training in this way is that we will take our expertise to young people instead of expecting them to come to us, or be trained at school,’ Dave added.

'Our mobile classroom will help us teach more young people vital skills'

St John Ambulance's mobile classroom - a girl learns first aid

‘Our mobile classroom will help us teach more young people vital skills that could be the difference between a life lost and life saved.’

The project is part of our commitment to social inclusion, which also encompasses delivering first aid training to disadvantaged young people, school children, community groups and businesses.

The mobile classroom will target areas that have been identified as socially excluded communities, because of reasons such as poor access to transport, rural isolation, high rates of crime or high youth unemployment.

Following the summer tour of Cornwall, the mobile classroom’s next base will be Somerset, with plans to add more vehicles across the South West.