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RISE to the challenge - realise your potential

RISE (Respect, Inspire, Support, Empower) was created by young people, for young people. It teaches first aid and leadership skills to young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

RISE could help you:

  • • learn life saving skills
  • • develop your confidence
  • • keep calm under pressure
  • • gain experience in volunteering roles
  • • pass your knowledge to other young people
  • • add valuable skills to your CV to get your career up and running

Watch Fola Odebunmi talk about his experience with RISE


What you'll learn

St John Ambulance RISE project for NEETs

Stick-it!

Take part in a one-day first aid workshop that will give you the skills you need to deal with gun and knife related injuries. You’ll find out how to manage an incident and learn some of the most commonly needed first aid skills.

Your Stick-it workshop is just the beginning. You can then complete further training and join St John Ambulance as a Community Champion or a Youth Leader.

All training is free for St John Ambulance RISE volunteers.

On average 65% of young people who volunteer with RISE go into employment, education or training.

Keeping Children Safe

A half-day course designed for those who come into contact with children through their work or leisure activities. This short programme works by helping individuals to understand the unique role they play in keeping children safe from harm. Participants are awarded with a certificate from the NSPCC.

Community Champion

Share your life saving skills with others. As a Community Champion, you'll be able to deliver the Stick-it and similar courses to other young people. This experience can lead to a BTEC Level 2 Award in Peer Education, which is equivalent to a GCSE.

This course gives you the skills to pass your knowledge onto others. You'll gain transferable skills including public speaking, and gain an awareness of safeguarding issues. The programme typically lasts for six days. As an accredited course it is recognised by external organisations, and looks great on your CV.

Youth Leader

Can you inspire the next generation of life savers?

Young people join St John Ambulance either as Badgers or Cadets, where they learn first aid, make new friends and take part in a range of fun activities. As a volunteer youth leader you'll support young people in learning first aid, and help them gain new skills, experience and qualifications along the way. Gain experience in youth work and inspire young people from all walks of life to develop their potential.

We make sure you're given all the support you need to excel, including access to outstanding training in youth work.

99% of young people involved with RISE said their training was very good or outstanding.

Get involved

Thank you for your interest in the St John Ambulance RISE programme. We are unable to offer any RISE training to young people or partner organisations at the moment but we have other exciting options available to you.

Individuals (14-17 years old) – We can offer you the opportunity to join one of the Cadet units in your local area to gain first aid skills and training as well as other personal development options. Let us know where is it you live so we can direct you to your local volunteering team who will contact you with details of how to join.

Over 18 years old and fancy volunteering? We have a First Aid Community Advocate programme in development and we would love to hear from you. Please contact the community initiatives team for more details: community.engagement@sja.org.uk

Organisations – Please contact Danielle Sharp for more information on future RISE delivery options: Danielle.Sharp@sja.org.uk

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