St John Ambulance NHS Cadets Programme

NHS Cadets is a new scheme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS, providing opportunities to explore skills, knowledge and volunteering roles within healthcare. It is aimed at young people aged 14 to 18 who are from communities currently under-represented within the NHS and St John Ambulance.

There are currently spaces available for young people in the Shrewsbury and Telford areas.  It really is a fantastic opportunity to get a taster of what it is like to work for the NHS and hopefully inspire them to pursue a career in the NHS/Healthcare sector.

The programme offers young people health awareness sessions, courses to develop their leadership and communication skills and an insight or experience in volunteering within the NHS.

It is a free programme, consisting of weekly, 2-hour sessions for 11 months. Cadets will be supported throughout their volunteering journey by the NHS Cadets Team.

Who can get involved?

The initiative is seeking young people who might not have previously considered volunteering in healthcare. This includes, but is not limited to:

• Young people living with learning difficulties and / or disabilities
• Young people in the care system, or recent care leavers
• Refugees or Asylum Seekers
• Young Carers
• Homeless young people
• Those not in education, employment or training, or those with school results lower than hoped/needed
• Those living with mental health concerns
• Those who identify as being part of the LGBTQI+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer intersex+)
• Those coming from low-income families /young people in receipt of free school meals
• Young people from ethnic minority communities

For further information about the programme, please visit where you will find details on how to register to join the NHS cadets programme in the Shrewsbury and Telford areas.

For further information please contact Stephen Craner, Project Assistant (NHS Cadets) on 07976 080271 or  email

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