Order of St John

Order of St John

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  • Emergency Services / Armed Forces

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Geographical remit: 
National - England


The Order of St John has been saving lives for over 900 years and is now a major international charity, accredited to the United Nations, providing first aid, health care and support services in over 40 countries around the world.

St John is an Order of Chivalry of the British Crown with 25,000 members around the world. Her Majesty The Queen is the Sovereign Head of the Order and His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester has been the Grand Prior since 1974.

The important work of the Order of St John started during the Crusades over 900 years ago when members of the Order provided care and support to pilgrims of all denominations and creeds in their hospital in Jerusalem.

Today the Priory of England and the Islands is one of eleven international branches of the Order, and our work of providing care to people in need is carried out on behalf of the Priory by its subsidiary charity St John Ambulance, England's premier first aid charity.


The Order's County Priory Groups (CPGs) undertake the important work of the Priory at a County level and their main duties are to

• Act as local Ambassadors for St John and develop positive relationships with key local community leaders

• Oversee nominations for St John Honours and Awards and support the nominees attending St John Investitures

• Promote faith aspects of the Order of St John through County Chaplains

• Liaise with the St John Fellowship through their representative

• Liaise with Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant or their representative

• Organise fundraising at a local level 

• Organise an annual Order of St John Award for Organ Donation Ceremony in partnership with NHS Blood & Transplant

• Support the work of St John Ambulance whenever possible • Meet quarterly to coincide with the honours submission timetable

Within the Priory the roles of County Priory Group Chairs are influential positions and we are looking for committed individuals to undertake these important roles. CPG Chairs are not remunerated but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

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