At LGBT Foundation, our volunteers are at the heart of our work and are the lifeblood of our organisation. Many of our vital services would not exist without the support of our amazing volunteers. This is especially true of the community safety programme.
Since 2011, our Village Angels volunteers have been doing incredible work in the Village area. Since 2016 our Village Haven initiative was launched alongside the Village Angels and addresses issues from hate crime, suicide attempts and sexual assaults, through to drink and/or drug overdoses and drownings.
The Angels and Haven team are recognisable by their high-vis vests and have become a popular part of the Village community. We’re proud that the Community Safety volunteers have grown to be an extended network of friends with a strong sense of community at it's heart.
We recruit year round, so if you're interested in joining us please complete the below application form, or attend one of our Volunteer Recruitment evenings we have every three months. See below to see some of the testimonials from our Village Angels and Haven volunteers, as well as the role descriptions for our community safety volunteering roles and details of our next recruitment event.
Our volunteers are at the heart of our programme and we're immensely proud of the work they do.
Here is a video made in conjunction with LADbible and Smirnoff of our volunteers one night in December 2017 and the kind of experiences they've had.
The video is part of Smirnoff's "We're Open" campaign, working to make nightlife more inclusive. We're really happy with the work this showcases, as well as the dedication and pride our volunteers put in that is reflected in the video.
Village Angels Volunteer
The Village Angels programme is a street-based safety initiative which involves teams of trained staff and volunteers heading out into The Village at peak times during the weekend to support our community in a variety of ways. The aim of a Village Angel is to advocate safety whilst upholding a positive, non-judgemental, non-authoritative and supportive approach.
Regular shift times are currently Friday evening (9pm-3am) and Saturday evening (9pm-3am). The Angels are also active on other key calendar dates such as Manchester Pride and Sparkle.
The main focus of the ‘Village Angels’ project is to be a positive presence in the Village, providing support, services and resources to those that need them. Our interactions are varied! Some examples of the stuff we do includes: giving out information on venues around the Village, supporting someone to report a hate crime or incident, helping someone get home, providing basic first aid, signposting, mental health advice and drugs and alcohol advice.
The role of a Village Angel is incredibly varied, and there is never a dull moment whilst out on shift! We require volunteers that are outgoing, positive, empathetic and must be able to be flexible and productive in a changeable and sometimes challenging environment. Teamwork is at the centre of the ‘Village Angels’, you will need to take instructions from the team lead and show willingness to help out with your team mates.
Village Haven Volunteer
he Village Haven is a night time safe haven, which operates from 11pm to 5am every Friday and Saturday night in the Village in Manchester. Located in the Beacon at 45 Bloom Street, the Village Haven is a safe space for people who are unable to keep themselves safe to be supported to get home without coming to harm
This includes people who are vulnerable as a result of alcohol or drug consumption, or people who are highly distressed. This also includes people who may need to charge their phones to get home safely, or who have lost their belongings, and need to contact someone. Within the Village Haven, the volunteer team will work with individuals to assist them in whatever way they require to ensure that they get home safely.
The Village Haven is a partnership project between LGBT Foundation, Serenity Security, and Barnabus (who have kindly allowed us to use the Beacon for the service).