Young people aged 10-17 can join one of our Cadet units, which operate across England. Units meet once a week.

Life saving skills are at the heart of our Cadet programme. There is also the opportunity to use these first aid skills by supporting our adult volunteers at events.

Some Cadets work towards their Grand Prior's Award. As part of the Award, you'll be able to take part in a wide range of activities.

St John Ambulance gives you real life experience that sets you up for life. – Amy, Cadet

Many Cadets join St John Ambulance to gain relevant experience before pursuing a career as a paramedic or health care professional. With so many different activities to get involved with, there is something for everyone.

Some of these include:

  • learning first aid and volunteering at events
  • engaging in social action and helping your local community
  • learning about health and wellbeing
  • developing your confidence and communication skills through our Cadet leadership courses
  • becoming a Peer Educator and helping to teach others first aid
  • enjoying a wide range of adventurous activities on a residential summer camp.

Six best things about being a Cadet

17-year-old Jay Fox describes the best things about being a Cadet with St John Ambulance.

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Jay Fox

Find out your nearest Cadet unit or Badger sett

Find out how to sign up a young person to your local Badger sett or Cadet unit by registering your interest below.

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