St John is asking Cadets and young adults to reach out and help marginalised young people. 


A quick reminder… 

St John’s new Young Responders initiative was created to help young people from challenging backgrounds access (then pass on!) lifesaving training in their own communities. The project, made possible by a £1 million donation from the People’s Postcode Lottery, will ultimately help 28,500 young people develop first aid skills and stronger mental health resilience by the end of 2022. 

How it will work 

Young volunteers from St John’s ranks will work with young people facing the greatest health inequities to create bespoke programmes defined by specific needs within their own communities. These young people will focus on addressing a range of challenging areas – including first aid, mental health and social isolation. 

Reaching out to those who need it 

​​​​​​​Our SJA young mentors (called ‘Community Champions’) will be trained to deliver peer-to-peer learning and support to a range of young audiences – including those coming out of the care system; young carers; young people not in employment, education or training; and those exposed to street violence. Our aim is to equip them with lifesaving skills and the confidence to use them when it really matters. 

Wanted: 120 new recruits! 

St John wants to recruit 120 Community Champions this year from within the ranks of our existing Cadets and young volunteers. By getting involved you could identify relevant projects in your community, also help design projects to be delivered in under-served communities across England, then pilot their delivery and help us roll them out to marginalised young people. Remember: you’ll hold the key to unlocking the potential of these young people who otherwise would not engage with our services 

Are you made of the right stuff for this project? Here’s what we are looking for: 

  1. You are aged between 14 to 25 
  1. You have good communication skills 
  1. You are thoughtful and care about other young people 
  1. You are community-minded and culturally sensitive 
  1. You (maybe) have a Cadet First Aider badge (Note: this last point is desirable but not essential as we’ll provide all necessary training – including our newly designed ‘first aid for community engagement’ course.) 

Interested? Let us know… 

If you’re interested in becoming a Community Champion, just send your full name and contact details to and we’ll be in touch for an informal chat. 

…and please spread the word! 

Do you know another SJA young person who might fit this bill? Please let them know about this exciting volunteer opportunity as you might be able to set up a Young Responders virtual unit with. Direct them to 

PS. Work has already started… 

Some of our first Community Champions have already been collaborating with young people from target communities, trying innovative activities to get the ball rolling. For example, a group recently attended a week-long Young Responders Design Camp, where they learned about research techniques that will help them make smarter decisions while putting together a project.