Becoming a Volunteer

The process to become a volunteer varies from role to role, but all follow the same general recruitment process.

Here is what to expect when you apply to be a St John Ambulance volunteer:

Send an application

Once you’ve decided on a volunteer role, you can apply for it online by finding a vacancy near you. We'll be in touch about your application after the closing date.

If you can’t apply online, please get in touch.

Meet with us

You'll be invited to have an interview if your application is successful. We do short-list for some of our roles, so there may be a delay.

For frontline roles, such as those working with ambulances or young people, you'll be invited to interview face-to-face. Roles that support fronline services, such as trainers and safeguarding, will have a more informal interview. This could be face-to-face or over the phone. 

Induction and training

Following your interview, you'll be provided with key dates and information about training for your role. Once you've completed your training and all pre-volunteering checks have been completed by HR, you are then ready to volunteer

Pre-volunteering checks

We complete pre-volunteering checks on everyone for a number of regulatory and legal reasons. It is also good volunteering practise.   

All our pre-volunteering checks must be completed before you can start volunteering with us.

Volunteer roles within a clinical setting, for example working with ambulances or young people, require a higher level of screening. These checks can take longer to complete so please be patient with our HR team.

Volunteering Opportunities

If you want to help save lives in your community, we’d love you to join our team. Whatever you enjoy doing,and however much time you can commit, there’s a volunteer role for you.