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Volunteering at events with Cadets

Cadets volunteering at Manchester Pride

Being a Cadet offers teenagers and young people the opportunity to volunteer at events, offering first aid cover alongside our adult volunteers.

Cadets get to volunteer at lots of exciting events, for example Manchester Pride, Notting Hill Carnival, football matches and music festivals.

You can volunteer at events as a Cadet Observer, Cadet Trainee First Aider or Cadet First Aider. To provide first aid cover at an event, you’ll need to complete the full induction course with first aid training. But you can often go out to events as a Cadet Observer before this.

Here’s what some of our Cadets have said about their volunteering experiences:

‘I was trusted to be a Treatment Centre Manager at Victoria Park and be in control of the radio at a Jubilee event. I was really proud to realise I’d developed this far and to be trusted with such responsibilities.’ – Emma-Jane Hampsheir-Gill

‘Volunteering helped me get closer to my local community. My experience of patient contact helps me stay calm and confident in situations others may find stressful.’ – Ao-Hin Tang

‘St John Ambulance gives you real life experience that sets you up for life.’ – Amy Cook

‘My CV is jam packed with achievements, skills and experiences all gained through being a St John Ambulance Cadet. I was awarded a £2000 Entrance Excellence Scholarship in Volunteering from my university for all the volunteering work I have done.’ – Rebecca Cruxton


Get involved with our youth programmes

Get involved with Cadets

Contact our regional offices to find your nearest unit

Get involved with St John Ambulance youth activities

Training for Cadets

Progress to become a Peer Educator or Youth First Aider

cadet on duty

Cadet uniform

Dress to impress and find out more about our uniform guidelines

cadet uniform

Student volunteering

You can become a youth leader or if you’re at university, you can join a first aid society.

St John Ambulance student volunteer Hazel