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Information for parents

Costs involved

St John Ambulance is a value-for-money way of offering young people a wide variety of fun, challenging and exciting activities that help them to learn life saving first aid skills.


All units in England charge a fixed annual subscription of £72 which can be paid annually or monthly. The payment covers costs such as:

  • • leader training
  • • keeping young people safe
  • • equipment, certificates and badges.

There is usually an extra charge for other events such as camp, and subscriptions do not cover the cost of uniform.

Financial assistance

No young person will be excluded from St John Ambulance if they cannot afford to pay for either uniform or subscriptions. This can be discussed in confidence with one of our unit leaders should you decide to join.

Keeping our young people safe

St John Ambulance takes child protection extremely seriously and we have comprehensive procedures in place which apply to all activities within the organisation.

We ensure that Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) checks are made, references taken up and a declaration signed by every applicant before they are allowed to work with or supervise children in St John Ambulance.

Our Safeguarding Policy covers a whole range of issues from risk assessments of child related activities to a number of training and awareness initiatives, combating bullying and much more. All members who work with children must follow the procedures laid out in this document. The organisation will take action against anyone not following these principles.

We train all our adults in best practice and take any measures required to strengthen and improve existing practice. We provide support visits which monitor and audit units to make sure they are in line with current practice. These are done through announced and unannounced visits to ensure units are working within policy.

We believe that every young person should have the opportunity to make a real difference in their community, to speak out on what matters to them and to help others in need of support and development.

We teach our young people about self protection. We make all our young people aware of what they should and should not expect from the adults they interact with. We make sure parents, children and young people know how to voice their concerns and get help if they are unhappy or worried about anything.

The organisation regularly reviews and updates the Safeguarding Policy to provide fresh guidance on legislative changes, the advances in technology and increased expectations of society. Keeping young people safe will always be of paramount importance to us.

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