Frequently Asked Questions
I want to be a First Aider but I do not have any qualifications.
You do not need any qualifications to become a First Aider, as you will be given comprehensive training in First Aid. You will also be able to do further training to take on other roles.
What role could I do if I already have First Aid training?
St. John Ambulance will carry out an assessment to ensure that your skills are current and specifically appropriate so that your qualifications can be accredited. If you come from a medical background, you could take on a medical role or provide assistance in another area.
Do I have to volunteer for a specific amount of time each week or month?
No. The time you can give, however much or little, will be greatly valued by both your local community - and by us. You can negotiate with your local St. John Ambulance how much time you are able to offer.
Are there any age limits?
There is no upper age limit on becoming a volunteer, as long as your personal fitness is appropriate for the role that you choose. Young people as young as five years old can join our Badger programme, young people aged 10 to 17 inclusive can join our Cadet programme, and adults may take on the role of First Aider and other volunteering roles from age 18.
Do I have to wear a uniform?
Certain roles such as First Aider do require volunteers to wear a uniform so that they can be easily identified. However, you do not have to wear a uniform in many other roles such as fundraising, administration and public relations.
I am currently receiving Job Seekers Allowance (JSA). Will this be affected?
You should inform your Job Centre if you do take on any voluntary work for up-to-date guidance on this.
Who will I meet?
You will meet people of all sorts of backgrounds and ages in St. John Ambulance. There is a great social aspect to our volunteering, and St. John Ambulance is like a second family to many of our volunteers!
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