Member Activities

Member organisations provide national and international activities such as Emergency Medical Services, First Aid, Social Care, Youth Work and International Assistance, in addition to services for old, poor and disabled people in need. Organisations that are part of JOIN and the Order of St John currently operate in more than 50 countries around the world. Through International Assistance, JOIN members both large and small, come together in an effort to help respond to various problems faced by people around the globe. Be it disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, international development.

A great number of activities are included in the JOIN Volunteer Swap which offers JOIN volunteers the opportunity to take part in a wide range of projects in other JOIN members. The projects cover all different working areas of JOIN members such as first aid at public events, working with children, taking care of the elderly, spending time with disabled persons and providing assistance to the needy or promoting the importance of first aid.

International youth work is also a priority of JOIN members. By carrying out first aid competitions together, facilitating exchanges or coordinating common European-wide projects, JOIN members give children and adolescents the opportunity to gain invaluable experiences, exciting memories and make friends across borders.

JOIN members have also cooperated on a European level to show how easy and rewarding it can be to make an effort to care for people in everyday life and in times of crisis

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The Hidden Life Savers

Whenever large crowds gather – at sports events, community festivals or concerts – there are volunteers in the background to look after them.

  • Volunteers provide first aid assistance
  • Well-trained and well-equipped teams
  • Services for both, spectators and performers

Being together, respect and lots of fun

Youth work is a core activity of all JOIN members. VOlunteers work wit children of all ages and from different social or cultural backgrounds.

  • Children learn to be responsible – for themselves and for others
  • Being part of a strong community improves self-esteem
  • Having a good time with others in youth groups and holiday camps

Enjoying life

Elderly people do not only need care and medical assistance. They also need company to take a walk or share a laugh with a friend.

  • Volunteers visit people at home or in nursing homes
  • Taking walks, reading together or helping with the household
  • Special support for sufferers of dementia or other mental illnesses

A good start

In their kindergartens and playschools, the Johanniter do not only provide day care for the little ones. They let children to learn through play and experience the world with all senses. It is the mission of the day care centers to provide all children with the best possible educational and development opportunities.

  • Children experience rituals and traditions
  • Learn to care for each other
  • Volunteers are a helpful support


Everyday heroes

To help people in need is one of the main tasks of all JOIN members

Rescue services offer important support for European societies.

  • Volunteers help to save lives every day
  • Assistance in the case of illness, crisis pr an accident land, sea, air
  • Special units for sea-air and mountain rescue missions

Taking part in everyday life

Disabled peoplehave a right to take part in all aspects of everyday life. JOIN volunteers support them in different ways – every day.

  • Assisted holidays provided by volunteers
  • Mobility services and support
  •  Run and organised by volunteers