Please Note: We are currently only accepting applications from FEMALE candidates for front-line duties due to operational and occupational restrictions and requirements (Equality Act 2010 exemption). Other opportunities may be available for male candidates within the organisation.

We have set the entry bar very high for all volunteer candidates such is the sensitivity and complexity of our work. We operate in a highly charged and fluid environment alongside the emergency services where you will absolutely be tested to the limit whilst service users will be counting upon you to make the right decisions at the right time. We cannot and will not compromise their safety or well-being therefore only candidates that meet strict entry requirements will be considered for acceptance into the organisation.

You will be of a caring and compassionate nature and be willing to operate in testing conditions in the service of others. You will have no criminal record (spent or unspent) relating to crimes of a violent or sexual nature. You will agree to submit to extensive vetting, referencing and a DBS (disclosure and barring service) check.

The Cheltenham Guardians team is a close-knit family and we will maintain this dynamic going forward. If you are not a team player you are not a Cheltenham Guardian. It's not just who you are on shift that is of interest to us, it's who you are outside of the organisation that is important too.

WARNING: Cheltenham Guardians have been first responders to a murder, life threatening and life changing assaults, sexual assaults and domestic violence. Please do consider this before applying.

So you still want to become a Cheltenham Guardian?

Please find below the route we take from first contact to becoming a Guardian volunteer.


  • First contact, this is you reaching out to us via the form below

  • Informal phone interview, it's painless we promise (up to 30 minutes)

  • First face-to-face interview over a caramel latte (2 hours)

  • Application to join the organisation

  • Vetting commences including DBS check and references, we're checking you out

  • First observation shift (4 hours subject to satisfactory DBS check)

  • Second face-to-face interview (1 hour)

  • Second observation shift (6.5 hours)

  • Final face-to-face interview, this is make or break! (1 hour)

  • Conditional invite to join the organisation as a probationary volunteer

Should you fail any of the requirements at any stage the recruitment process will be terminated and you will not be eligible to reapply for at least 12 months. If your DBS check or references are unsuitable the recruitment process will be terminated and you will not be eligible to reapply for at least 24 months. We reserve the right to reject any application at any time and for any reason.

Please note: If you are an employee of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust or Gloucestershire Constabulary a fast-track route may be available.

As a Cheltenham Guardian you will understand that:

  • You will commit to at least 6.5 hours operational service every 6 weeks

  • You will be required to sign a non-disclosure and confidentiality agreement

  • If vomit and blood isn't your thing you've probably made a mistake

  • Successful candidates will be required to pay for their own uniform. All uniform components (including seasonal variations) cost £240. We can help you crowdfund for this if necessary, don't panic!

  • You will need to pay £25 for your initial DBS check. This is a one time only payment

  • Your image may be used for promotional purposes

All training will be conducted whilst operational as a probationary Guardian. Whilst you will benefit from more than one training officer throughout your probationary period you will be assigned a training mentor who will take overall responsibility for your training and personal development within the organisation.


To apply to become a Cheltenham Guardian please complete the first contact form below.

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