For the Faith and in the Service of Humanity

Frequently asked questions

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  1. How can I become a Knight or Member of the Order of St John?
  2. One of my relatives has recently died and was a Member of the Order of St John – who do I contact to update their records?
  3. I have found a Medal of the Order of St John, which belonged to one of my relatives, how can I find out more about it?
  4. I am doing a research project on the Order of St John, where can I find out more about the history of the Order?
  5. How can I receive the latest news from the Order of St John?
  6. Is St John working in my home town/country?
  7. The Order does not currently work in my country, can I set up a St John organisation and how would I do it?
  8. I want to volunteer abroad for the Order of St John – is this something I can do?
  9. Where can I do a First Aid course?
  10. I have some First Aid equipment which we no longer use, can I donate it to the Order of St John?
  11. Can you send me a copy of the Order of St John logo?
  12. I would like a job with the Order of St John?
  13. How I can donate money to support the Order of St John?
  14. Can the Order of St John provide a grant to my organisation or can we form a partnership and work together?

 If your query is not contained in the list above, please email info@orderofstjohn.org or telephone us at 0044 (0)207 251 3292.


1) How can I become a Knight or Member of the Order of St John?
Today, there are approximately 25,000 members of the Order worldwide. Membership of the Order is an honour granted by Her Majesty The Queen, in most cases in recognition of outstanding merit in furthering the work of the Order of St John in the provision of health or related care services, in the prevention of injury, illness or disease, or in the training and development of young people.

2) One of my relatives has recently died and was a member of the Order of St John – who do I contact to update their records?
In the first instance, please contact the national headquarters of St John in your country. You can find all the relevant contact details in the St John Worldwide pages of this website.

3) I have found a Medal from the Order of St John, which belonged to one of my relatives, how can I find out more about it?
The Order of St John has a Museum based in Clerkenwell, London. Click here to visit their webpage where you can download documents about family history and medals or telephone 0044 (0) 207 324 4005 for more information.

4) I am doing a research project on the Order of St John, where can I find out more about the history of the Order?
To read a brief history of the Order of St John, click here to visit the Our History page of this website. The Order of St John also has a library based in the Museum in Clerkenwell, London. Click here to find out how you can make an appointment to visit the library, free of charge.

5) How can I receive the latest news from the Order of St John?
The Order of St John has a quarterly newsletter, The Link. You can subscribe and receive the newsletter by email by emailing info@orderofstjohn.org . You can also download all editions of the newsletter by clicking on our News page .

6) Is St John working in my home town/country?
The Order of St John is working in over 40 countries worldwide and carrying out a huge variety of activities. To find out if the Order is currently working in your country, click here to visit the St John Worldwide pages of this website. If your country is listed, contact the office on the contact details provided on their page - they will have up to date information on activities within your country.

7) The Order does not currently work in my country, can I set up a St John organisation and how would I do it?
The Order of St John has an expansion policy which sets out how St John can begin operating in new countries. The key criteria is that the new St John organisation will be self-sustaining. If you are interested in finding out more information, please email info@orderofstjohn.org or telephone or write on the details provided.

8) I want to volunteer to assist the Order of St John outside of my country– is this something I can do?
The International Office has placed volunteers in St John Associations in the past. The types of placements vary depending on the particular needs of the Associations at the time. We match those Associaitons who need assisstance with volunteers who have the appropriate skills.

If you are interested in volunteering internationally please do not hesitate to contact the International Office.  Please note: Volunteering placements are self funded by the volunteer.

9) Where can I do a First Aid course?
First Aid courses are delivered by St John Ambulance in over 40 countries. To find out how to take part in a First Aid course, click here to see which countries St John Ambulance is working in and get the relevant contact details for the particular countries. It should be noted that St John Ambulance does not have operations in the USA, Scotland or Jerusalem.

10) I have some First Aid equipment which we no longer use, can I donate it to the Order of St John?
The Order of St John has on occasions sent good quality equipment to organisations around the world. However, the costs of transporting and importing used goods often becomes more than the value of the second-hand goods. Therefore we would prefer to help St John organisations source new equipment locally, to ensure they are relevant to their local conditions as well as supporting the local economy.

If you are an individual, please contact your local St John organisation. You can view all contact details by visiting our St John Worldwide pages .

If you are from a St John organisation, please contact your National Headquarters who can best advise you on what to do with the equipment or contact us here in the International Office for advice.

11) Can you send me a copy of the Order of St John logo?
The Order of St John logo is protected international property registered to the Order of St John. Use of the logo should be authorised by the Order of St John only. Please contact the International Office if you would like further information about use of the logo on info@orderofstjohn.org

12) I would like a job with the Order of St John?
The International Office is a small office of six people based in Clerkenwell, London. The International Office works mainly to support the Grand Council of the Order as well as St John Associations around the world.

The International Office has very few job opportunities that arise, however any positions (paid or voluntary) will be advertised on the homepage of this website and on CharityJob.com

13) How can I donate money to support the Order of St John?
The International Office provides critical support programmes to St John Associations, many of which are based in developing countries. If you would like to make a donation, send a cheque made payable to The Order of St John, to St John House, 3 Charterhouse Mews, London EC1M 6BB. The Order will ensure that 100% of any donations received will go directly to our support programmes.

Alternatively, if you are taking part in a marathon or fundraising event and would like to raise money for the Order,  please contact Gemma Mullick on 0044 (0)207 251 3292 and we would be happy to send you sponsorship forms and information on the Order’s work.

14) Can the Order of St John provide a grant to my organisation or can we form a partnership and work together?
The Order of St John is not a donor so does not have the capacity to give grants to other organisations. The Order does however, provide funds to support the work of St John organisations around the world - these are listed on the St John Worldwide pages of this website.

The Order very much encourages and see value in working together with other like-minded organisations. Please email info@orderofstjohn.org if you think your organisation may be able to support and enhance the work of the Order. If your organisation is working in a country where St John is currently active, we would suggest that you contact the national St John office on the details provided. Click here to see a list of all the countries in which St John is working.