As a volunteer you will meet new people, update your skills, enhance your CV, be offered the opportunity to gain a qualification and most importantly, help us to deliver high-quality HIV and sexual health services.
How to apply
There are three stages to applying to volunteer with us:
- volunteer induction training.
To apply for a role, please complete our online enquiry form. Depending on your location and the role you are interested in, we will either invite you to attend our Orientation event or email you the volunteer application form.
To apply, you’ll need to provide some details online. Then we’ll email you the application form. Exactly what details we ask for will depend on the role you apply for.
As part of your application, we'll ask for two references, which can be personal or professional. Your referees can't be members of your family and they must have known for you at least two years.
Once we've received your application and references, we’ll be in touch to organise an interview and the volunteer induction training.
Who can volunteer
Anyone aged from 18 to 80 can volunteer with us as long as they fulfil the role description and meet the volunteer requirements.
We’re unable to accept volunteers aged 80 or over for insurance reasons.
Volunteers with non-EU/EEA passports must ensure their immigration status allows them to volunteer – this is not the charity’s responsibility.
We accept people with refugee status, those with exceptional leave to remain (and their families), asylum seekers (included if you are a failed asylum seeker), non-European students on a Tier 4 student visa, and holders of a spouse/marriage visa.
If you’re only in the UK for a short period, bear in mind that the application process can take a few weeks and you will need to attend one of our induction training sessions.
A criminal conviction does not necessarily stop you from volunteering with us, but we ask all potential volunteers to disclose any unspent criminal convictions before their interview.
Volunteering with us will not affect any benefits or allowances that you may receive from the government.
Where you can volunteer
You can volunteer at one of our centres across England, Scotland and Wales.
Some volunteer roles involve outreach into communities, so you may spend relatively little time at the centre itself.
We also offer online volunteering opportunities.
What you can volunteer to do
We have a wide range of roles, which vary depending on your local centre. Our volunteer roles are generally flexible and allow you to give as much or as little time as you can.
The skills needed to volunteer vary from role to role. Many do not require any specific skills and training will always be provided where required.
If you have specific skills that you feel would benefit us, please get in touch.
Training and support
We’re committed to providing volunteers with the training and resources they need.
The mandatory volunteer induction training is interactive and covers everything volunteers will need to know about being part of the organisation. Subject areas covered include HIV, sexual health, safeguarding, confidentiality and boundaries.
We assign each volunteer to a staff member who’ll offer ongoing support and supervision to help you develop while you volunteer with us. Supervision may be through one-to-one meetings with a manager, or through group support meetings with other volunteers in the same role.
We offer additional training to volunteers covering areas such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We also offer the opportunity to undertake accredited awards such as Understanding HIV and Sexual Health for Volunteers, an Open College Network (Level 2) award.
As a volunteer you are able to claim travel and meal expenses as part of your authorised activities within your volunteer role. Further details can be found in our volunteer handbook and expenses policy.