Based in First Aid Societies at universities and higher education providers up and down the country, St John Ambulance is home to hundreds of amazing Student Volunteers - all doing their part to share life-saving skills and knowledge with their community.

First Aiders, Fundraisers, Hospital Volunteers, Ambulance Crew, Trainers, Logistics Support, Cycle Responders and more - there’s so many ways that our Student Volunteers get involved, and they make a massive contribution to the charity on every level.

What’s in it for me?

 It’s not just about knowing how to put your mate into the recovery position on a night out. You’ll get to learn all kinds of valuable skills, such as how to perform CPR, how to help someone who is choking, or how to treat a burn. First Aid Societies often host external speakers or partner with other societies on topics such as Sign Language or Casualty Simulation.

Meet new people

First Aid Societies are a great way to take a break from your studies and meet new people, including a network of Student Volunteers across the country. Our First Aid Societies run some pretty fantastic social events and activities for their members too!

Increase your employability

There are also lots of opportunities to enhance your CV by improving your teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. For example, you could get involved with fundraising for St John Ambulance, assist with a local Badger or Cadet unit, become a trainer or demonstrator, or sit on the committee and play your part in the running of your First Aid Society.

How to join

You can join a First Aid Society through your Students’ Union or Guild of Students. Check our list of Student Volunteering Units, then keep an eye out for the First Aid Society stand at your Freshers Fair! And if your university or higher education institution doesn’t have a First Aid Society yet, you can always set up your own.

Volunteer with St John Ambulance

If you’re part of a First Aid Society and interested in putting your skills into practice, you can apply to attend a St John Ambulance First Aid course. You’ll then be provided with a uniform and supported as you volunteer in your local community - this could be keeping the crowd safe at football matches, assisting in your local hospital, backstage at a concert or at your university Open Day.

Got a question?

If you have a question or need more information, you can get in contact with our team of Student Volunteering Officers who will be able to assist you further. Please email