Sign up as an NHS Cadet

NHS Cadets is a programme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS. It’s designed to provide young people with the opportunity to explore roles in healthcare and prepare for volunteering.

A local cadets scheme is being supported by both our Trust and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Cadets will learn about a range of exciting healthcare topics, develop leadership and communication skills, and gain insight into volunteering within the NHS.

It is a free programme consisting of two-hour weekly sessions over 36 weeks. Cadets will be supported throughout their journey by the NHS Cadets Team.

Cadets come from a diverse range of backgrounds – there is no ‘typical’ NHS Cadet.

If young people identify with one or more of these statements, the programme would be a good match:

• I’m from a minority ethnic group

• I consider myself part of the LGBTQI+ community, or I’m questioning

• I’m not in education, employment or training, or I’m at risk of this

• I’m struggling with my progress at school or college

• I live in care, or I’ve recently left care

• I provide regular care or support for someone

• I receive free school meals

• I have mental health concerns

• I consider myself to have a disability or impairment

• I consider myself neurodivergent, or I have special educational needs

• I am seeking asylum, or I’m a refugee

If young people are unsure whether they fit into one of these categories or wish to discuss something else, they can email nhscadets@sja.org.uk.

Cadets can sign up using the following links:

For ages 14 to 16: NHS Cadets Foundation Programme (14-16) – Gloucestershire (Tuesdays) | SJA NHS Cadets

For ages 16 to 18: NHS Cadets Advanced Programme (16-18) – Gloucestershire (Wednesday) | SJA NHS Cadets

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