Our volunteering opportunities

Thank you for your interest in our Regular Volunteer Roles. Please see below details of the roles we are currently recruiting volunteers for. If you see a role that you are interested in and you think is a good match with your skills and experience please download the application form and send it via email to volunteer@lgbt.foundation with the name of the role in the subject line of the email, and we will follow up with you as soon as possible.

Volunteer Intern Programme: Executive Team Support

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LGBT Foundation is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team as an intern.

Do you have experience of working to support executive management?

Looking to hone your already-sharp communication and organisation skills?

Want to have a key support role on your CV from a leading national voluntary organisation?

We're looking for someone to work with senior management to support our Chief Executive by strengthening our partnerships with existing stakeholders while forging new relationships with key contacts throughout the government, health and charity sectors.

Take a look at the role description here.

Communications Volunteer

The LGBT Foundation interacts with people in a variety of ways through a range of communication platforms including our website, weekly ebulletin, printed and electronic resources, press and social media channels. The Communications team needs support with maintaining and developing these relationships with the LGBT community, groups, organisations and others.

This is a varied role and we’re looking for outgoing, creative volunteers interested in writing, event planning and social media. They will help with gathering case studies, writing social media posts and articles for our weekly LGBT Foundation e-bulletin and website, as well as supporting with campaigns and press coverage.

Take a look at the role description here.

Groupwork Volunteers

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 The LGBT Foundation’s support and social groups provide safe, non judgemental and positive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning people to meet, talk, share, interact and socialise.  Each group has a specific unique aim, and, through structured and well planned facilitation from volunteers, group members gain the support and encouragement they need to be confident and feel less isolated.  All groups provide an opportunity to meet others and build friendships, as well as support networks beyond the group.

 We are looking for a small team of volunteers to help plan and facilitate our groups.  Working with existing volunteers, you will ideally have experience in group facilitation (although training will be given), as well as having a good understanding of the barriers that LGBT people may experience.  You will be working in a small team dedicated to one group, and will be taking part in planning, as well as facilitating group sessions and ensuring appropriate monitoring is taking place. All groups happen twice a month and you will also be expected to attend planning meetings with fellow volunteers as well as supervision meetings bi monthly.

These are the groups we would like extra facilitators for:

Bloomers:  An older womens’ social support group.  1st and 3rd Tuesday afternoon, 1pm to 3pm.

Carousel:  A mixed age womens’ social group.  1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm to 9pm

Older & Bolder:  An older mens’ social support group.  2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 7.30pm to 9pm.

Stepping Stones:  A mixed age womens discussion group.  2nd and 4th Tuesday 7.30pm to 9pm

Younger Mens’ Group:  A social and support group for younger men aged 18 to 25.  1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 7.30pm to 9pm

We also welcome and encourage trans volunteers to apply, or other individuals who don’t identify on any binary.  All our groups and fully inclusive of trans communities.

Take a look at the role description here.

 Women's Programme Outreach Volunteers

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Volunteers in this role can engage with a variety of different activities, including distributing leaflets and safer sex packs, engaging with lesbian and bisexual women to promote LGBT Foundation and its services, attending events to raise awareness of the Foundation's Women's Programme, supporting the delivery of LGBT Foundation 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.

Take a look at the role description here.

  Community Leader Volunteers

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Do you feel passionate about LGBT 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 LGBT community?

Volunteers will be working with NHS organisations to better address LBGT 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 LBGT people, and a good level of confidence in speaking to health professionals. We are currently developing accredited training to accompany this role.

Take a look at the role description here.

 Qualified Counselling Volunteers

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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 LGBT 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. 

FOR TRAINEE COUNSELLORS: our counselling service is a popular placement choice for many students across the region. We have filled all of our placement spaces and our next recruitment event for trainee counsellors will take place between December 2015-January 2016. Applications will be accepted from January 2016. For more information on requirements, please download the role description by clicking here, and call Charlotte Cooke for more information on 0345 3 30 30 or email volunteer@lgbt.foundation.


If we don't have any current opportunities that you're interested in, we also advertise our volunteering opportunities on our bi-weekly Volunteer eBulletin, so please email volunteer@lgbt.foundation to sign up to the bulletin!

 We welcome volunteer applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability and age, but, as women, ethnic minority groups, members of the trans community and religious and faith groups are currently under-represented among our volunteers, we would encourage applications from members of these groups.