Youth Leader

Spennymoor, Crook/Willington, Durham City

St John Ambulance are looking for new Youth Leaders across County Durham to help continue our efforts in teaching First Aid to young people across the region.
Youth Team Volunteers teach young people, of all different backgrounds, vital and life-changing first aid skills. We have two programmes – our Badgers (aged 5 – 10 years old) and our Cadets (aged 10 – 17 years old).
We are currently on the lookout for both Youth Helpers and Youth Leaders. By volunteering a minimum three hours per week you could make a massive difference to these cadets now and have a real impact on your community.

But it's not all about what you'll give - you will learn a lot too!

You’ll gain communication, listening and presentation skills and grow in confidence.

You’ll also have the chance to learn First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Adventure skills and take on more advanced leadership roles with training, all while being fully supported by the rest of your team.

Under your watch, cadets will develop their potential, they will learn vital first aid skills that they can deliver at events and activities across County Durham. They will gain confidence, make friends, and engage in community and social change.

If you’d like to know more or would like to try a taster experience of what it’s like as a volunteer in our Youth Teams or would like to chat to someone who does, please get in touch.

You can find out more about the role


Your role will be integral to the running of our cadet programme for young people. Working with your Unit Manager you will create and deliver engaging sessions to Cadets and Badgers. In doing this you will support young people to achieve their challenges and strive to engage new members of the community in joining St John.

There is also the opportunity for the Cadets to use these first aid skills by supporting our adult volunteers at events.

Skills & Qualities

Key Competencies:
• Keen to engage with young people and guide them to achieve their goals.
• Align with St John Ambulance HEART values of Humanity, Excellence, Accountability, Responsiveness and Teamwork
• Good organisational abilities
• Capacity to act as an empowering and encouraging role model.
• Open minded and inclusive
• Clear communicator and active listener

When & Where?

Opportunities are available across the County; however, new Youth Leaders are needed in the following areas, Durham, Spennymoor, Willington.

Training and Support Offered/Expenses

Don’t worry - there’s lots of support on hand. Together with your induction to the role, you will have access to courses (including first aid training), workshops and online learning to develop your management and leadership skills, and there are people who can offer support.

In addition, there is the following:
• Volunteer expenses paid.
• DBS provided free of charge.
• Computer and equipment provided by SJA free of charge.

Volunteer Benefits

As a Youth Leader you play a key part in the local community and are integral to the development and learning of young people in your area.

Through this role you can meet new people, learn new skills, and have fun.

Other Information

We are looking for individuals to volunteer for up to 4 hours per week. Exact time and location to be discussed with interested parties upon application or by contacting Colin Jameson via email

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