Frequently Asked Questions - Volunteering
Are you an adult looking to volunteer?
If you are over 18, take a look at our volunteer page where you will find full details
of all the volunteering roles that are currently available.
Are you under 18 or have a child who wants to get
Take a look at our young people page
where you can find out about our programmes for young people in
Have you applied to volunteer and want to check the status of
You can manage your application from our Candidate Portal
using your login details.
Want a first aid training course?
If you have applied to volunteer and want to know what training
you'll receive, have a look at our
volunteer training page.
How do I become an event first aider?
If you’re over 18, take a look at our event first aiders page where you can find out
what roles are available and search for vacancies.
I am 17. Can I apply for an adult role, ready for when I turn
Unfortunately no, you need to be 18 before you can apply for an
I can’t find a vacancy in my area - what should I do?
If you live in England and the Isles, visit our volunteers page to check vacancies and
apply. Alternatively you can sign up for alerts to notify you when
a role in your area becomes available.
If you live outside of England, take a look at opportunities
near you on our volunteering outside England
What training qualifications do I need?
For most of our roles, we’ll provide all the training you need.
Some volunteer roles, such as those for professional clinicians,
require you to hold a specific qualification before you apply. The
requirements for each role are listed on our volunteers page.
How much time do I need to give?
We ask for 60 volunteering hours a year, which can be done at a
time and location that suits you.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to become an adult volunteer. However, we ask
volunteers in our youth programmes to pay yearly subscriptions to
cover costs including equipment, certificates and badges. For more
information see our information for
Can I use St John Ambulance volunteering to contribute to my
Duke of Edinburgh award?
Yes! Many of our young volunteers have done this. Find out more
our cadets to help you complete your award.
Can I do my work experience with you?
Unfortunately, we are unable to support work experience at this
point in time.
I want to be a paramedic, will you train me?
Unfortunately, you can only become a paramedic by attending a
university that offers a paramedic science course. You can work
your way up with some NHS ambulance services; however, you would
need to check with your local service if this is something that
they offer. Our volunteers will be trained to FutureQuals Level 3
and Level 4 awards in Emergency Care (Emergency Care Assistant and
Associate Ambulance Practitioner) which has replaced IHCD.
I live abroad and want to volunteer, what do I do?
St John Ambulance only covers England and the Isles. Find out
about volunteering outside England at St John
I have submitted an application but have heard anything.
We aim to respond to all applications within 3 weeks, however,
if you have not heard in this time, then please contact either our
regional office or VolunteeringNational@sja.org.uk. Please
include your name and where you have applied for a role in your
If you still can't find what you're looking for, contact us