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    Hi everyone.
    I have just filled out a "volunteer enquiry form" for St. John's Ambulance does anyone here know what happens afterwards? Are there any people who do this already? I am a 17 year old and am interested in medical related courses at university
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    I think I might be able to help here.
    I go to the educational sessions which are held every monday, at 8:00 (in half an hour!) at a building in my town. We learn a few things, but from what I've HEARD, you need to be 18 to go out and volunteer in duties [a duty is basically being one of the first aid team at a public event, eg. a concert]

    You also need to go on a weekend crash course where you learn all the necessary skills properly and then get tested at the end.

    But even if you don't go out and volunteer, going to the lessons is sure to be good for your UCAS form!

    Hope I helped
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    good luck with it got no idea

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    (Original post by CP1992)
    Hi everyone.
    I have just filled out a "volunteer enquiry form" for St. John's Ambulance does anyone here know what happens afterwards? Are there any people who do this already? I am a 17 year old and am interested in medical related courses at university
    Find your nearest division, go along and ask them.
    You can go out on duty at 17, either as a cadet or an adult.
    You will need training qualification before they will let you do anything but observe on duty tho.
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    Sounds fun.. I was thinking of it too.
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    I started volunteering with them a few months ago, and went on my first duty yesterday, at the Emirates Cup (I'm 17).
    It's quite good for socialising, as well as for learning first aid, and although I haven't had many first hand experiences yet, the people I have met seem to love it and always tell me the longer you stay in it the more you gain from it.
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    (Original post by CP1992)
    Hi everyone.
    I have just filled out a "volunteer enquiry form" for St. John's Ambulance does anyone here know what happens afterwards? Are there any people who do this already? I am a 17 year old and am interested in medical related courses at university
    you will be contacted by someone from the SJA county you have given your address as

    they will probably want to meet you and discuss what you want to do and the options regarding local units to attend, they will also give you a few more forms to fill in ,

    1. some more details about you and some references ( which are NOT like job references they are more about confirming who you are )

    2. An occupational health form - asking about any health problems to have - this is confidential and passed to the Occupationmal Health Nurses / Doctors to review and see if they need to see you or get any more information before clearing you to train and go on duty

    3. a CRB disclosure application

    you will be introduced to your chosen local unit sometimes before and sometimes after induction training - depending on the wait for induction training

    you do not need to be 18 to go on duty 16 -18 year old members with the full first aider or advanced first aider training can go on duty without special arrangements, although some duties are restricted to over 18s due to licensing laws, the event risk assessment or the rules of other organisations ( e.g. going trackside at motorsport)

    For the information of Other Posters Zippy is County Staff Officer in SJA and a membber of his counties clinical management group ...
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    (Original post by zippyRN)
    you will be contacted by someone from the SJA county you have given your address as

    they will probably want to meet you and discuss what you want to do and the options regarding local units to attend, they will also give you a few more forms to fill in ,

    1. some more details about you and some references ( which are NOT like job references they are more about confirming who you are )

    2. An occupational health form - asking about any health problems to have - this is confidential and passed to the Occupationmal Health Nurses / Doctors to review and see if they need to see you or get any more information before clearing you to train and go on duty

    3. a CRB disclosure application

    you will be introduced to your chosen local unit sometimes before and sometimes after induction training - depending on the wait for induction training

    you do not need to be 18 to go on duty 16 -18 year old members with the full first aider or advanced first aider training can go on duty without special arrangements, although some duties are restricted to over 18s due to licensing laws, the event risk assessment or the rules of other organisations ( e.g. going trackside at motorsport)

    For the information of Other Posters Zippy is County Staff Officer in SJA and a membber of his counties clinical management group ...
    Hi thanks for the info. Do u know how long it actually takes for them to contact you?
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    (Original post by CP1992)
    Hi thanks for the info. Do u know how long it actually takes for them to contact you?
    it really does depend... few counties have a full time paid person doing recruitment, a few more have part time staff doing recruitment or Ops admin paid staff who do recruitment as part of their role , while other counties it 's down to volunteers

    if you haven't heard in a couple of weeks ring the relevant county HQ
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    (Original post by CP1992)
    Hi thanks for the info. Do u know how long it actually takes for them to contact you?
    I'm not sure on that, but I will say to you that it takes about 6-8 weeks for the CRB to go through, and often your 3-day course (Which is generally a requirement before you can go on duty) will be arranged for a few weeks after that, so make sure if you want to get involved, you do so sooner rather than later...
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    i've already submitted the volunteer enquiry form yesterday does anyone know how long it takes for them to contact you? I got an email saying that someone would contact me.
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    I still think its worth finding your local division and going down and meeting them if they are holding weekly meetings.
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    i have just called my local unit and they said i have to email them which i have done then they will email me back about a time to meet and stuff like that
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    Hi.

    I volunteered for a couple of years as 'Youth Leader'. I can't tell you how much of a brilliant and worthwhile experience it has been. So it's brilliant you've decided to volunteer.

    I didn't hold a First Aid certificate, and therefore as part of the initial training, I was First Aid trained. I believe this course usually costs - however, as part of the enrolment, I did it for free.

    If you don't have the details for your local branch/division, you can use the web form at: http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/volunteer/enquiry-form.aspx

    As already mentioned, how quickly you'll get the details for the local meetings depends on which division you'll be assigned to. Most divisions don't have a full time recruitment officer. So expect some delays. However, once you've confirmed some basic details, you'll be good to go.

    You'll most likely be invited to a 'Assessment' sessions. It isn't actually an assessment, but more of an 'ice breaker' event, so you can get to meet some of the other young volunteers and to liaise with the new lot. You'll also have the opportunity to speak to senior staff to ask any questions you may have. This session will also act as your registration period. You'll be asked for some basic details (references) etc.

    Good Luck!
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    i have just received an email from the london branch stating that i have to attend one of the registration evenings. Does the training take place at the venues of the registration evening or do they take place at your local unit as the venues that they have given me are Romford, York Street andchadwell heath. They are all quite far away apart from york street i think. can someone help?
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    (Original post by CP1992)
    i have just received an email from the london branch stating that i have to attend one of the registration evenings. Does the training take place at the venues of the registration evening or do they take place at your local unit as the venues that they have given me are Romford, York Street andchadwell heath. They are all quite far away apart from york street i think. can someone help?
    Hi,

    I wouldn't have thought any training would take place in the introductory/assessment evening.

    From my experience, you'll only be given a basic assessment to see your suitability. Once your references have been verified and the paper work has been done - if you do decide to join (something you'll decide at the event), it will be then you'll be invited to more local events. It's these where you'll be given the relevant training etc.

    Locations depend on your region. I know for Worcestershire, the 'Division HQ' is based in Worcester. But there are various training centres plotted around. Most are community buildings etc, St. John's doesn't have buildings of it's own.
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    When I did the intro course it consisted of St John Ambulance history and Manual Handling.

    Tedious as hell, tbh.
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    I have been invited to the British red cross welcome presentation and the st John's ambulance one aswell. Is it a good idea to attend both of them?
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    (Original post by CP1992)
    I have been invited to the British red cross welcome presentation and the st John's ambulance one aswell. Is it a good idea to attend both of them?
    To be honest, you're better off sticking with one of them. They're pretty much the same and offer almost identical training.

    I would pick the group that is most active in terms of duties and the one with the most funding/equipment etc. I enjoy my time a lot more with the BRC, and they seem to be much better equipped in my area. (However, SJA seem to have the monopoly on event cover, which is a little annoying.)
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    how did people manage to get in touch with them i applied before xmas got the how did you think you application was handled email 4 months ago replied to that and still havent got anywhere.
 
 
 
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