Community Care

The St John Community Care Program provides support and companionship to the elderly and those at risk of social isolation in the community.

Our team of dedicated Community Care volunteers are matched one-to-one with clients, taking into account shared interests and goals.

The program centres its activities around wellness and reablement to allow clients to retain independence and continue to lead their lives in a way that is meaningful to them.

We offer a range of services, which are tailored to suit the needs and goals of each individual client. St John Community Care has a focus of caring, empowering and connecting for both clients and volunteers.

Find out more about our Community Care program or becoming a Community Care volunteer.

Community Education

In addition to our range of commercial first aid training courses, you will also see our eye-catching CPR Lab out and about. The impossible-to-miss red van, plastered with an image of a giant defibrillator is our mobile hub for free community CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) education sessions.

In conjunction with our regional public access defibrillator partnerships and various public events, we tour around the state to teach members of the public the vital skills of CPR and AED use. Equipped with state-of-the-art Bluetooth manikins, participants receive live feedback on their CPR performance via the van’s on-board television screen.

You are also likely to see us at a number of career and volunteer expos, sharing the many volunteer opportunities available within St John.

Event Health Services

The team of highly skilled and equipped St John Ambulance SA volunteers and staff look out for the wellbeing of South Australians at events across the state almost every day of the year.

From strains and sprains to anaphylaxis and cardiac arrest, you can be assured that a trained St John volunteer will be there to help you in your time of need.

Get in contact with our Events team today to book first aid for your event.

First Aid in Schools

Delivered completely free of charge, another charitable activity of St John Ambulance SA is the First Aid in Schools program. SA primary schools can arrange for a qualified St John Trainer to come to their school and teach students lifesaving first aid skills. The program is tailored to suit school lesson times and the age of students.

Every participant receives a gift bag to take home and continue their learning outside of the classroom.

Read more about the program or make a booking for your school today!

Ophthalmic Hospital

The St John Ophthalmic Program is involved in supporting the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEGH), and ophthalmic activities in Timor Leste and remote Australia.

The SJEGH is the only charitable provider of eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, treating patients regardless of ethnicity, religion or ability to pay. Visit the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital website to find out more about the programs.

State Emergency Response

St John Ambulance SA can be called upon at times of state emergency or in natural disasters to unite with emergency services under the State Emergency Management Plan. St John plays a vital role in the functional service group, ‘Ambulance and First Aid’.

St John can mobilise trained and equipped volunteers to support emergency services with the following assistance:

  • Patient care services at incident sites
  • Overflow or surge capacity services to SA Ambulance Service
  • Non-urgent patient transport


St John Ambulance SA offers a range of volunteering opportunities to suit your interests and availability. From first aid at events and our Youth Development program, to Community Care, the Historical Society and the St John Band, there really is something to suit everyone at St John.

We offer initial and ongoing training and skill development through all of our volunteer programs, so all you need is yourself and a willingness to embody the St John values.

Youth Development

Our Youth Development program allows youth aged 11 to17 to develop a range of first aid and life skills while earning proficiency badges, getting involved in competitions and camps, practising first aid skills under supervision at public events, making great friends and having fun!

Participants can even work towards achieving SACE points through their involvement with St John Ambulance SA.