Craig Wood

Joined 1982

Whitefield Quadrilateral Division, Greater Manchester

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Colour photograph of a young female Cadet in green St John Ambulance uniform sitting at a wooden table with an adult male also in green uniform. Between them there is an audio recorder on the table.
Craig Wood being interviewed, 2022 Image courtesy of the Museum of the Order of St John
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Like I said, everything. It’s taught me so much. It’s got me so many badges and so many awards rather, and so many life experiences and so many jobs as well. And now I go out doing careers advice with work, so that’s the NHS. Trying to sell – they don’t know I’m doing it but I will sell St John as well to young people. Because nowadays if they want to come into the NHS and you’ve got three people with straight A’s which is not unusual and yet one person has got, has been a Cadet for so long, I know that that person will be better than those other two people. Because they’ve got a skillset that those other two people probably haven’t got. If you’re purely academic, then that’s fine. You can read a book; you can learn it and you can write it on a piece of paper and say this. But the skills you’ll get as a Cadet about talking to people and being in a team and working in a team and working in a high-pressure environment and all of those kind of things, those other two people won’t have. So I will always stand in front of someone and say, “I want to be a doctor.” If they say that to me, “Great, go for it. Have you got the grades?” “Yeah, I’ll get the grades.” “What else are you going to do?” And St John’s is one of those things that will give you those skillsets that nothing else will do. So I will always sell it to any child, any youth person that wants to do it. Any adult that wants to do it because it will, you can’t get it anywhere else.

Excerpt courtesy of Craig Wood