Five things I’ve learned from being a St John Ambulance
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18-year-old Tony from Liverpool learned from volunteering with St
are variety of roles and a lot to get involved with at St John
I joined St John Ambulance in January 2014 after taking part in
the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme in the summer. On the
programme, I was trained in basic first aid. After the
training, the trainer mentioned that she was helping to
start up the St John Ambulance
RISE project in my area, a project that supports young people
not in employment, education, or training. She asked if I
would like to get involved. Since this day, I have had many roles
within the organisation from being a cadet to now a unit
manager, youth leader, national
first aid advocate and British Youth Council (BYC) delegate - to
name a few.
You can pass the torch and train young people in lifesaving
As a cadet, I gained my BTEC level 2 in Peer Education. This
allowed me to go out and train many groups of young people the
lifesaving skills which I was learning each week in my cadet
meetings. This experience gave me the enthusiasm to become a
youth leader as soon as I turned 18. I
am now a youth leader for two RISE units
in Liverpool, and even a unit manager for a cadet unit in St.
Helens, which has been a challenge, but an amazing opportunity to
see the unit grow.
You can help at many big events around the country
As soon as I turned 18 and could drive, I was involved in
the Chester Marathon and the Marilyn Manson concert in Manchester,
Apollo. I have loved every event and have continued to fill every
minute of free time with volunteering as a first aider.
It can help you shape your career
St John Ambulance has changed my life - such a cliché, but true.
I orignially wanted to be a teacher, but now I am now
going to St. George’s University in London so I can drive an
ambulance with bright blue flashing lights around the streets,
saving lives for a living, with a BSc Honors degree in Paramedic
You can be the difference in your community
The past two years have been an unbelievable, eye opening
opportunity to gain skills. I feel so deeply about getting the
knowledge out there so these basic skills are learned by the
public. In October, I gave a speech on behalf of St John Ambulance
at the Conservative Political Party Conference and my aim is to get
first aid being taught as a compulsory subject in schools.
Unfortunately the bill didn’t pass in Parliament this time, but the
saying I live by is, 'why be passionate without putting your heart
and soul into keeping that something alive?'. Within my roles as
British Youth Council delegate and the national first aid advocate,
I will continue to promote this cause so that more young
people are inspired to learn basic first aid skills, so they can be
the difference in their communities.
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