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Summer at St John Ambulance

Summer at St John Ambulance

8 September 2016

This summer has been very busy for us all over the country.

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

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.

Brighton PrideBrighton Pride

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.’Total Warrior

Total Warrior

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 FestivalV 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 Ambulance service.

Lewisham NCSLewisham National Citizen Service (NCS) Volunteering Day

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!