Our volunteering opportunities
Please keep checking this area of our website to find out more about our latest opportunities to get involved as a volunteer.
Sexual Health Volunteers
Volunteers in this role could be involved in a variety of projects, from assisting with the smooth running of our Sexual Health Clinics, to distributing out Condom and Lube safer sex packs locally, to attending external events to raise awareness of sexual health issues and our testing services, or travelling around with our OutNorthWest magazine distribution team.
This role gives volunteers the chance to increase their sexual health knowledge, volunteer in a health environment, meet people and build confidence. In order to undertake this role you will need to feel comfortable talking about issues relating to sexual health, and volunteering in a sexual health environment. Training in sexual health will be provided.
Women's Programme Volunteers
Volunteers in this role can engage with a variety of differenct activities, including distributing leaflets and safer sex packs, engaging with lesbian and bisexual women to promote The LGF and its services, attending events to raise awareness of the LGF Women's Programme, supporting the delivery of LGF women's events such as Sugar and Spice, or taking part in the Women's Programme Advisory Panel and help to shape the development of the Women's Programme.
Volunteers can expect to learn more about LB women's issues, meet LB women, have fun, and get that good feeling of having put something back into the community. We are looking for volunteers who have good communications skills, are able to approach and talk to people about sensitive subjects, and have a good understanding of lesbian and bisexual women's culture.
Village Angel Volunteers
Do you have what it takes to be a hero? Think you'd look good in a pink hi-vis jacket?
Village Angels volunteers go out into Manchester's Gay Village every Friday and Saturday night to support the community and make sure you all have a great time and stay safe on your nights out. Volunteers provide advice, support, signposting to services, help to vulnerable people, and basic first aid when needed.
Through this role volunteers can gain team working skills, experience speaking to members of the public, and skills in providing help and support. We are looking for volunteers who are confident, resilient, calm in challenging situations, and have a good understanding of LGBT communities.Village Angels training will be provided.
Community Leader Volunteers
Do you feel passionate about LGB people having equality of access to health services? Do you think you could help us to develop targeted awareness campaigns on health inequality issues affecting the LGB community?
Volunteers will be working with NHS organisations to better address LBG health needs by liaising with local Healthwatch organisations, Patient Advice & Liaison Groups, and Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Volunteers in this role can expect to increase their knowledge of health services, learn how to engage with their local networks to get their voices heard, and increase their confidence in public speaking. We are ideally looking for volunteers with a good general understanding of health issues which affect LBG people, and a good level of confidence in speaking to health professionals. We are currently developing accredited training to accompany this role.
Our befriending volunteers offer support to anyone who feels they need help in: building their confidence, improvidng their social networks, getting to know the area, improving their wellbeing, or breaking their sense of isolation.
As a befriending volunteer you will meet with your befriendee for 10 sessions, where you might meet for a coffee and a chat, go for something to eat, or engage in an activity such as going to a gallery, cinema, or to the theatre.
As a befriender you can expect to develop skills such as motivating people, listening skills and building rapport. For this role we are looking for volunteers who have good communication skills, a good understnading of LGBT communities, and are enthusiastic and confident. Training in Befriending will be provided.
Face to Face Counselling Volunteers
We are looking for qualified counsellors to join our multidisciplinary team of volunteer Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Counselling Psychologists, Telephone Counsellors, Creative Therapists and Relationship Counsellors. The service offers brief counselling of between six and twelve sessions with the possibility of further sessions after a breathing period of 3 months. Volunteers can expect to enrich their skills working with a diverse group of LGB&T clients bringing a wide variety of complex issues. Benefits include city centre location, daytime and evening appointments, contributions towards supervision costs and travel expenses, peer support and supervision meetings, excellent package of personal development opportunities.
If we don’t have any current opportunities that you’re interested in, we also advertise our volunteering opportunities on our weekly eBulletin so please visit www.lgf.org.uk/register and sign-up! Make sure you tick the box to sign up to our eBulletin.