St John started providing first aid in 1877 in England. For generations we have helped people around the world to help themselves and their neighbours in times of need.

Today St John is a modern organisation delivering first aid, healthcare and support services around the world. Our programmes are community-based and volunteer led. They provide high impact at low cost.

From mobile clinics in Malawi to eye clinics in the Palestinian Territories, ambulance services in Australia and New Zealand, kidney dialysis in Malaysia, hospice care in Antigua and first aid worldwide, St John provides thousands of people with essential medical care every day.

At our core are the 250,000 St John volunteers who give their own time and effort to help others. In England and Uganda, in Jamaica and Canada, in South Africa and Wales, and in over 30 more countries, volunteers are wearing the eight pointed cross on their uniforms, proud to be part of our worldwide charitable movement.


Visit our history page to find our more about the Order of St John and the history.