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University student volunteering

We’re looking for student volunteers to join St John Ambulance.Student volunteering

Your university first aid society (sometimes known as LINKS units) offers you the chance to be part of a unique team of life savers, run by students for students.

If you become a student volunteer with us, you’ll get training in skills that you wouldn’t usually get the chance to learn. From dealing with fractures and burns to learning how to look after someone who’s unresponsive, your training will give you the confidence to do the right thing when it really counts.

You can give us as much time as you want. As well as being an integral part of your student union, you’ll get to put your first aid training into action by volunteering as a first aider at university sporting events, concerts and nightclubs.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, we’d love you to join our team.

Many of our student volunteering groups run an active social calendar. You’ll get to meet new people and have the opportunity to meet people from other universities at events.

Plus, if you’re thinking about what happens after graduation, there are lots of opportunities to enhance your CV and get involved with fundraising, youth work or training other students.

‘I find being a student volunteer with St John Ambulance such a productive way to spend my free time – I get such a sense of achievement when I see all the volunteering hours I’ve built up. It’s great being able to meet like-minded people of a similar age – we all get on really easily.’ – Hazel, St John Ambulance volunteer and student at the University of East Anglia

Contact your students’ union to find out about getting involved with a first aid society, or email

Interested in starting up a first aid society at your university?

Take a look at our quick guide to starting a university first aid society.

Watch our video and learn what it's like to be a student volunteer