Formed in 1947, St John Scotland is a Scottish charity dedicated to saving and enhancing life, and supports a number of projects in Scotland, and across the world. Headquartered in Edinburgh, St John Scotland has twelve area teams across the country, each with their own projects and activities. Unlike St John in England, it does not provide ambulance services.

Internationally, St John Scotland is proud to support the sight saving work of the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, as well as helping people across the world who need it most through support of St John Malawi Programmes.


National Projects

Mountain Safety

St John Scotland has proudly supported Mountain Rescue teams across Scotland for many years, and will have provided over £3.2million in funding by 2020. Since it began its support of Mountain Rescue, St John Scotland has provided bases for 14 teams in Scotland.

The other main element of support St John Scotland provides to Mountain Rescue is the provision of vehicles. A rolling programme was kicked off in 1998, when four teams a year received a new vehicle. Over the next ten years, 25 teams affiliated to the Scottish Mountain Rescue successfully applied and took delivery of a new vehicle.

Mountain Rescue 

St John Scotland has supported mountain rescue teams across Scotland since 1997. These volunteer teams are tasked by Police Scotland in response to 999 calls from people in trouble in the Scottish countryside.

Mountaineering Safety Instructor, Nick Carter works with university mountaineering, hill walking and rock climbing clubs to provide skills and safety training in the Scottish mountains. In January of 2017, St John Scotland agreed to expand Nick's work to include the autumn months, in addition to the winter. St John Scotland funds the project entirely and students don't pay anything for Nick's skills and expertise.

First Responder Service

Nationally and locally, St John Scotland supports a growing network of First Responder groups. They are trained volunteers working with the Scottish Ambulance Service to deal with emergency situations in their own locality until the arrival of paramedics. Volunteers are trained in basic lifesaving skills including the use of a defibrillator, oxygen therapy and how to deal with an incident until an ambulance arrives.

Patient Transport

St John Scotland has provided a volunteer-led Patient Transport service in Scotland for many years, with teams of drivers in Dumfries and Galloway, Angus and Dundee and in Fife. All patients are referred to St John Scotland by the Scottish Ambulance Service or NHS clinic, and volunteer drivers collect passengers from their homes at a pre-arranged time, taking them to their appointments and returning them home afterwards.


St John Scotland has several initiatives to help provide Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) in locations across Scotland. In 2016, St John Scotland’s Edinburgh team launched the St John and the City Defibrillator Project, which works with donor businesses to place defibrillators across the city – including the tram network.



St John Scotland

St John's House

21 St John Street



Tel: +44 (0) 131 556 8711

Email: [email protected]