Above and beyond our day to day operations and activities within St John, we also have a dedicated volunteer corps called St John Brigade which consists of over 1500 members who give of their time to provide first aid and emergency care to communities across South Africa.
St John Brigade has a long-standing agreement with the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) and assists in times of national emergency. Members also assist at local old age homes, children’s homes, local hospitals and clinics, as well as the community at large.
Our ambulances, which fall in line with St John’s community involvement portfolio, allow first aiders and newly qualified medics to join our healthcare professionals during medical coverage at events. This can be done in order to gain medical and emergency scene management experience for any future endeavours within the healthcare profession. This also gives members the chance to volunteer for an accredited and international NPC; such programs being exclusive to St John.
Within our volunteer corps, St John Ambulance concentrates on the all-round development of South African youth by creating opportunities to further themselves including assistance in university applications and becoming part of youth divisions countrywide.
St John Brigade runs Nationwide
Within our volunteer corps, St John Ambulance concentrates on the all-round development of South African youth by creating opportunities to further themselves.
This includes assistance in university applications, helping the youth gain volunteer hours as well as the opportunity to become part of St John youth clubs and youth leadership programs countrywide.
Examples of our youth development programs can be seen in many schools throughout South Africa where St John has started First Aid “clubs”. Within these clubs, the members are taught first aid up to level 3 and then are then allowed to put that training to use during school sports and cultural events both connected to the school and to St John.
Many of the first aid clubs are also involved in St John First Aid Competitions wherein the members are presented with situations that simulate real-life injuries and medical emergencies that are then required to be managed and the simulated injuries treated. These competitions are held at a School, Regional, National and International level. Many of our competitors have walked away from such competitions with National Colours.
St John Ambulance has a great number of Healthcare Professionals that started off as youth memberscadets within St John who now, years later, volunteer their valuable skills and knowledge base to further educate the youth in South Africa. We aim to continue such a legacy of youth involvement and community upliftment, through educating members of the public in first aid, that we strive to uphold and maintain for generations to come.