Five reasons to become a St John Ambulance student volunteer

As part of Student Volunteering Week, we're publishing blogs from St John Ambulance student volunteers. Today we hear from Matt Williams.

Student volunteers at Creamfields festivalI’ve seen a post on social media recently that simply read ‘Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, but they do have the heart’. Thanks to my experience of being a student volunteer with St John Ambulance at Keele University in Staffordshire, I’ve got some fantastic memories from my time at university that aren’t just confined to the Chemistry Lab. It can be difficult at times to balance study, work, social life and volunteering, but when you get it right, you’re on to a winner!

Here are my top 5 reasons to become a St John Ambulance Student Volunteer.

1. Meet new people

St John Ambulance volunteers are ordinary people trained to do extraordinary things. The people you meet along the way are some of the best you’ll ever come across.

2. Gain new skills

St John Ambulance student volunteers get the chance to compliment their degree study with learning invaluable life saving skills. Once you’ve learned the skill set, you can put them into practice providing first aid at events, such as student union club nights.

Student volunteers at a practice night3. Stand out from the crowd

What you do outside your studies at university can help distinguish you from crowd when it comes to post-uni applications. Joining St John Ambulance as a student volunteer demonstrates that you have the passion to help people, the ability to manage your commitments effectively, and that you are willing to put time into something for the good of others.

4. The sense of pride

It is a proud moment the first time you pull on that emerald green uniform. You are representing an organisation helps thousands of people all over the globe each year. It’s a special feeling - it still gets to me after two years!

5. Simply...Why not?

I can’t think of any reason not to join St John Ambulance as a student volunteer. The amazing experiences I’ve had with St John Ambulance have made my time at university what it is – the best years of my life.

I graduate this summer, so will have to leave my unit behind. I am hoping to stay in education as a post-graduate, and rest assured that I will be the first in the queue to sign up for the St John Ambulance unit at my new university!

Feeling inspired?

Your university first aid society offers you the chance to be part of a unique team of life savers, run by students for students.