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Mayor's charity seeks youth leaders for young lifesavers

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New volunteer youth leaders are being sought to join the borough’s St John Ambulance youth programme.

Youth leaders at the first aid charity support young people in every aspect of the programmes, helping to inspire, train and support the lifesavers of the future.

Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old with an interest in supporting young people and need to be able to commit to at least 2-3 hours per week.

St John Ambulance provides a comprehensive training programme which includes sessions on first aid and youth work as well as safeguarding.

Emma Elgerton, Dudley Area Manager for St John Ambulance, said:

We have two youth programmes at St John Ambulance; Badgers for young people aged 7 to 11 and Cadets for ages 10 to 18, a big part of training our young people is based around first aid and how to summon help in an emergency situation.
Our youth leaders are from all walks of life, some work with young people in their jobs, some have graduated from our youth programmes themselves and some are looking for an opportunity to give back to their community – and the role of a youth leader certainly does that.

Councillor David Stanley, Mayor of Dudley, said:

The current pandemic has seen the charity busier than ever, its volunteers dedicating in excess of 200,000 hours supporting the NHS and local Ambulance Trusts. More young people than ever are now wanting to join St John Ambulance to serve their community, so the role of youth leader is vital.
As one of my charities this year, I am delighted to support St John Ambulance in its tremendous work and I would encourage anyone interested in supporting young people to get in touch.

People interested in becoming a St John Ambulance volunteer youth leader in the borough should contact emma.elgerton1@sja.org.uk

Pictured with Councillor David Stanley, Mayor of Dudley, left to right: Amber May (Cadet), Isla Parkes (Badger) and Anna Hartshorne (Youth Leader).

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