Youth Team – NHS Cadets

Are you interested in supporting marginalised young people to reach their full potential, preparing them for volunteering in the NHS? If you enjoy working in a team, planning, and teaching young people and don’t mind some challenging situations, then we would love to hear from you.

The NHS Cadets Project aims to attract young people 14 - 18 into careers in the healthcare system and develop their skills so that they are ready to fully sustain themselves in health volunteering opportunities.

Through a 36-week programme, we help young people to gain new skills and knowledge, but to get hands on experience in the NHS. The project specifically welcomes young people from backgrounds that are not widely represented in the NHS; those from British Minority Ethnic communities, young people not in, or at risk of not being in education, employment or training, young carers, or those who are in or have recently left care. We also consider young people who have had or may have barriers to pursue a pathway into healthcare, such as previous drug or alcohol misuse, homelessness, learning difficulties, disabilities and mental ill health.


  • Assist with delivering an exciting and attractive NHS Cadets programme for young people
  • Support young people enrolled on the programme to achieve their full potential, widen their horizons and learn new skills
  • Work with young people from marginalised backgrounds to ensure they take full advantage of the opportunities the programme offers
  • Encourage young people enrolled in the programme to undertake the opportunities for volunteering and social action offered to them in both SJA and NHS Trust settings
  • Assist in the recruitment of young people onto the programme and retain their engagement
  • Delivery the programme content to young people as required by the project lead
  • Work with other team members to ensure participants are fully supported in all aspects of the programme
  • Work with other team members to ensure the programme and its activities are suitable evaluated as required
  • Offer sessional, term time weekly support in programme delivery and at occasional weekend activities


  • Educational to GCSE Level or Equivalent (Grade C), minimum of 5 including Maths and English
  • Experience, knowledge or understanding of working with young people from marginalised communities
  • Experience of delivering form or informal activities to groups of young people
  • Good communication and teamwork skills
  • Ability to motivate young people who have low or unrealised aspirations
  • Willingness to undertake training as required
  • Ability to support young people with the online aspect of the programme and to use internal SJA electronic systems


  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Training provided
    Training in appropriate SJA policies. St John Safeguarding training relevant to your role.
  • Volunteer induction
    Welcome programme introducing you to the project & wider charity.

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 29/07/2022

End Date: 31/10/2023

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Availability Details

3 – 5 hours a week (2 hours delivery on one evening per programme)


St. John House,
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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