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St John Ambulance is a Foundation of the Order of St John and is a leading first aid, transport and care charity. It has a global membership of approximately 250,000 in 39 countries and has diversified to meet local community needs around the world. In addition to first aid activities, it has developed ophthalmic and dental care, primary health care, youth programmes, relief work, disaster planning and HIV/AIDS services.

St. John Ambulance also provides the statutory ambulance service in some of its territories.

St John Ambulance in England and the Islands is the charity that steps forward in the moments that matter, to save lives and keep communities safe. All our charitable work is entirely funded by donations, and we are a market leader in the provision of workplace training, first aid supplies and event and ambulance services.

Our enduring charitable promise

We have a deep heritage of caring, compassion and health. We promote the relief of sickness, distress and suffering. We help others at some of the most vulnerable moments in their lives. We are proud of the work we do and how we do it, and we promise:

  • to serve humanity without judgement

  • to take time to care

  • to be skilled to meet health needs

  • to develop new and better ways to preserve and protect life


Whether it's responding to a national disaster or an individual medical emergency, St John Ambulance members form a vital part of the nation's emergency response system. Our volunteers are fully-trained and always on hand to offer assistance and support to those in need.  We cover a huge range of public events from the London Marathon to local fêtes providing care and support to those attending.


We welcome volunteers from aged seven and have a wide variety of exciting training and activities to develop young people and teach them lifesaving and life skills.

Our impact

In recent years, we have:

  • supported the NHS 999 emergency service.

  • provided ambulances, 4x4 vehicles, and command and control vehicles during severe weather conditions.

  • provided first aid cover at evacuation centres and a house-to-house welfare service in areas of inland flooding or at risk of flooding, such as during winter floods.

  • evacuated residents from care homes where a utility failure has occurred

  • supported NHS A&E departments where an ‘internal major emergency’ has been declared due to exceptional demand.


The Coronavirus Emergency

St John Ambulance people are supporting the NHS to care for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our charity’s vital role in responding to the needs of communities across the nation has never been more relevant or urgent. We are supporting patients and the NHS in hospital emergency departments and our ambulance crews are working 24/7 supporting 999 emergencies and transporting recovered patients back home safely.  Volunteers have been working in the temporary Nightingale Hospitals and supporting people in the community through our Community First Responders.


Workplace and Community Training

We are the leading first aid, health and safety and mental health first aid trainer of choice for hundreds of thousands of companies, local authorities, and members of the public.  Learn more here:

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