Calling cadets! St John Ambulance launches youth unit in Ely

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Are you aged between 10 and 17? Want to help save lives?

St John Ambulance is opening a new cadet unit in Ely late this month, and hopes young people will volunteer to learn essential, lifesaving skills.

Kat Cattani, unit manager of the cadet group in Ely, said: “We’ve had an active adult unit in Ely for some time now and we’d like to get younger people in the city and surrounding villages interested in volunteering with us and learning to be our next generation of life savers.”

The Ely mum added: “It really is true that you are never too young to learn first aid and save a life and we hear regularly of teenagers, and even younger children, who use their life saving skills to good effect.

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“The training we give cadets is not only fun but also hugely useful, with a focus on essential life skills and giving them the potential to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

Guided by youth leaders, cadets take part in an interactive and full programme, working towards their Grand Prior Award – the highest achievement they can obtain as a cadet.

The programme enables young people to learn important life skills in a fun and safe environment, but with challenge and excitement appropriate to their age.

Cadets can choose from over seventy different subjects to help complete their award. These range from fire prevention and photography, to sports and first aid.

Teaching takes place at a weekly unit meeting and the Ely Cadets will meet on Wednesdays between 6.30pm and 8pm at Ely Youth Forum on Barton Road.

Local parents interested in enrolling their children in the new Cadet unit can contact Kat on 07943 072172 or at elycadets@hotmail.com for an informal conversation.

For more information about St John Ambulance Cadets click here.