At Derbyshire LGBT+, volunteers are involved in all parts of our service, from planning and running events, to representing us at PRIDE’s, meetings and conferences, PSE outreach work, answering our helpline, administration, research and IT support, and being involved in our LGBT support and social groups. Being a volunteer here means that you complete awareness training, have regular support from the staff, and on-going development and training.
Staff will work with you to help you achieve your goals through volunteering, whether it’s to learn new skills, build confidence, meet new people, gain life experience, or to help Derbyshire LGBT+ support others. There are a variety of short and long term opportunities currently available for people with enthusiasm and time to volunteer for us, please find our current volunteering opportunities below:
Please note all of these opportunities are available at our centre in Derby, unless otherwise stated.
We would like you to:
Be passionate about supporting the local and wider LGBT community and allies.
Be an excellent communicator.
Be able to constructively challenge prejudice and ignorance.
Be reliable and trustworthy.
Have had experience of an LGBT journey, know someone who has, or be aware of some of the issues that LGBT people can face.
In return we can offer:
Specialist role training, including on-going awareness training for potential issues.
Personal safety training dependent on role.
One-to-one support from our Volunteer Co-ordinator, support from our volunteer team and monthly volunteer meetings.
An opportunity to build confidence, gain experience, give time and life experience to your LGBT community, meet new friends and volunteer in a supportive environment.
Current Volunteering Opportunities
Reception: Having the right people on our reception desk is vitally important. We are looking for friendly professional individuals who can help with the huge variety of issues that we are presented with in person and on the phone. We can also get enquiries from professionals such as social workers, doctors and police, and family members. You would be answering the main and helpline phone, greeting guests, visitors and those attending our drop in’s and one-to-one support sessions. You would also be responsible for checking our magazines and leaflets are restocked and current, and be a friendly face for our organisation.
LGBT Arts Club Leads: Derbyshire LGBT+ are interested in setting up an LGBT Arts Club for monthly sessions. If you are passionate about LGBT issues and film, art or literature, we are looking to put together a team to organise trips, advertise, and facilitate informal discussions afterwards. This volunteering role is for a few hours a month and is long-term. This opportunity would suit students studying film, art, literature or creative writing, or anyone with a passion for the LGBT arts.
Events and Promotion: Derbyshire LGBT+ attends many local and national events throughout the year, such as PRIDE, to show our support and advertise our services. We would like enthusiastic and friendly people to join our volunteer team to help us give out information about our services, staff our stands and engage with the public in an informative and friendly way. You may only have the summer months to volunteer in, so this opportunity would be perfect for those wanting to gain experience of running an event, including planning, organising and engaging the public. We can offer hands-on experience for those interested in marketing, media and LGBT support roles. This volunteering role is for occasional and variable hours.
MSM PSE Volunteers: to support our Sexual Health Project Worker in a variety of outreach settings including gay commercial venues, sauna and public sex environments (cruising areas) in Derbyshire. You would be part of a team which undertakes gay commercial scene outreach work, including interventions for Men who have Sex with Men, information and sexual health promotion issues. PSE volunteering can be either evening or daytime, during summer months this is likely to be during the evenings. This volunteering role is variable hours, full safety training is given, and would suit an individual wanting to gain experience in sexual health work.
BME LGBT Group Leads: This role would involve the setting up and long term running of a black and ethnic minority LGBT social support group. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to advertise and support a safe and welcoming environment for those who are black and ethnic minority LGBT, to include booking guest speakers and activities. We see this as a long-term volunteering opportunity.
Cleaner: Even a little can help a lot. If you fancy volunteering with Derbyshire LGBT+ in an essential role, we are currently looking for a volunteer cleaner to help us keep our premises clean and tidy. Either daily, for a little every morning, or once a week for longer. We need someone who can regularly clean our lovely loos, vacuum, tidy and clean up to keep our premises looking tidy and welcoming for our clients, guests and staff. We can provide the supplies if you can provide the time!
Health and Wellbeing Leads: This role would involve running regular physical health and wellbeing sessions at our premises in Derby, for example any of Tai Chi classes, salsa classes, belly dancing classes, meditation or (gentle) exercise for the terrified. Volunteers must be either qualified, or working towards the appropriate qualifications. We are looking for one or two enthusiastic individuals to engage the LGBT+ community in improving their physical health and mental wellbeing. We see this as a long term volunteering opportunity.
Gardener: We are looking for an individual to help keep our small garden area tidy and welcoming. Tasks will include weeding, pruning and watering on a weekly basis. This volunteering role will include physical labour, such as lifting and kneeling, and is for a few hours per month, to be arranged.
If you are interested in any of these roles and would like an application form sending out by e-mail or post, please contact [email protected] or by phone on 01332 207704