Summer at St John Ambulance
8 September 2016
This summer has been very busy for us all over the
Tens of thousands of hours have been spent providing event
cover, engaging with communities and delivering projects this
summer. Here’s a roundup of what we’ve been up to.
Summer Youth Camp
Our regional adventure leads run camps for our young people
throughout the summer and this year we had 35 camps across the
country. Our young people complete subjects from the Cadet programme or Badger
subjects and this year, the National Youth Team paid a visit to
some of the camps to find out what ‘youth voice’ means to them.
Royal Cheshire Show
Volunteers in the north of England joined forces with our
workplace first aid training team for the Royal Cheshire
agricultural show. United and standing proud for St John Ambulance,
this event was well received by the public and we reached hundreds
of new people in the community, raised awareness of the importance
of first aid and passed on our invaluable skills.
The annual Brighton Pride promotes equality, diversity and
education to eliminate discrimination against lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender communities. With over 290,000 visitors,
Brighton Pride is a huge event in the St John Ambulance calendar.
Our volunteers have been providing first aid cover for 26 years,
working closely with South East Coast Ambulance, and 180 volunteers
gave over 5,400 hours to treat injuries on the day.
Shrewsbury Flower Show
Taking place over two days in the West Midlands, the Shrewsbury
Flower Show attracts around 60,000 people and is the world’s
longest running horticultural show all in one location. St John
Ambulance have been with the show for over 100 years and this year
48 volunteers were on duty. Chis Reynolds, Area Manager for
Shropshire said: ‘It’s great to see so many volunteers here
supporting a major event and it's really inspiring seeing our
Cadets on duty too.’
This gruelling event in Cumbria tackles 30 punishing obstacles
including fire, ice and electricity as over 7,000 people take part
over the course of a weekend. We had our own team of 25 superheroes
to take care of the warriors, including Cadets aged 10-18.
V Festival, Essex and Staffordshire
V Festival is St John Ambulance’s third largest national event
and takes place annually in two locations. We work closely with
local ambulance services to provide cover for 80,000 attendees.
Adam Smith, National Student Volunteering Officer and Paramedic,
explains why he loves to give up his time to be the difference: ‘I
love attending the event and the teamwork within SJA and West
Midlands Ambulance Service is incredible. I’m really proud to be a
part of it!’
Bournemouth Air Show
This is the second year we’ve covered this event for over
750,000 visitors over the course of four days. Over 50 volunteers
were on duty and we had volunteers helping from all five of our
districts in the South West region working with the South Western
Lewisham National Citizen Service (NCS)
In July, the RISE (Respect, Inspire,
Support, Empower) team and Peer Education volunteers delivered
first aid demonstrations in Lewisham to promote our RISE programme. The event was an opportunity to
engage with young people not in education, employment or training,
raising awareness of injury from violence and teaching them how to
provide first aid in these situations. Young people from NCS were
then given the opportunity to put their new found skills into
practice, giving talks and demonstrations to the public.
Thank you to all of our St John Ambulance volunteers and
employees who have shared their stories and photos with us!
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