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We have a wide range of volunteer roles available across London. 

On this page you can find out more about these opportunities, and learn more about the skills, knowledge and time commitment required for each role. 

To register your interest in becoming a volunteer, please complete our online enquiry form. We will then invite you to attend our orientation event which consists of a short presentation about our charity, the services we provide and the volunteer application process. 

If you would like to discuss any of our roles in more detail please contact us on 020 7812 1722 or send an email to [email protected]

Youth Counsellor (office based)

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The Youth Counselling team support young people aged between 14-25 who live in London. They offer counselling to young people who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, self-esteem, bullying, sexual pressures, discrimination, family/relationship issues, self-harm and exam pressures.

The team are looking for three volunteer counsellors who can provide short-term counselling to young people who self refer/are referred. The counselling service runs from our offices in central London. 

Required skills and experience

  • Be working towards or hold a therapeutic counselling diploma or higher qualification in counselling/psychotherapy. We require you to be in the second or higher year of study.
  • Minimum of 100 supervised counselling client hours with a range of clients, including under-18s.
  • Experience working with young people in a counselling or related helping capacity.

Commitment: Three to four hours per week for a minimum of six months. 

Location: 314-320 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP.

Youth Counsellor (schools and colleges)

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The Youth Counselling team support young people aged between 14-25 who live in London. They offer counselling to young people who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, self-esteem, bullying, sexual pressures, discrimination, family/relationship issues, self-harm and exam pressures.

The team are looking for two volunteer counsellors who can provide short term counselling to young people at the school and colleges across London where they study

Required skills and experience

  • Therapeutic counselling diploma or higher qualification in counselling / psychotherapy.
  • Minimum of 250 supervised counselling client hours with a range of clients including under-18s.
  • Experience working with young people in a counselling or related helping capacity.

Commitment: Three to four hours per week for a minimum of six months. 

Location: Schools and colleges in and around London.

Project Support Volunteer (Outer North West London)

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The Outer North West London (ONWL) outreach team are looking for enthusiastic, outgoing volunteers to help engage with the local communities in busy and vibrant areas. 
                                                       
The type of tasks and activities you could be involved with:

  • To assist in the coordination and postal distribution of resources such as condoms and lube.
  • To make up condom packs for distribution.
  • To undertake outreach work promoting Terrence Higgins Trust's HIV prevention agenda.

Required skills and experience

  • A growing understanding of, and commitment to, HIV prevention work, sexual health issues.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and appropriately with individuals with diverse needs, backgrounds and experiences.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and flexibly, with close guidance from a lead worker.
  • Some weekend and/or evening availability.

Commitment: One or two shifts a month, each for four to six hours. 

Location: Mainly Brent, with some work in Harrow and Ealing or at Kings Cross office with condom packing.

Hillingdon Groupwork Facilitator

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Terrence Higgins Trust's Health Navigator Programme supports to people living with HIV in Hillingdon, by providing short courses of workshops and support groups to HIV positive individuals, including those newly diagnosed.

As a Groupwork Facilitator you will provide emotional and practical support for participants. You will also help group members build confidence in their ability to come to terms with their diagnosis, and to live healthier lives free from prejudice and discrimination.

The type of tasks and activities you could be involved with:

  • Provide peer support to adults, and young people over 16 years old, living with HIV in Hillingdon.
  • Support the Groupwork Co-ordinator in running a six-week course and/or peer support group. This will involve helping to set up the room, registering participants, organising refreshments, other reasonable tasks that may arise during the course.
  • Deliver parts of the course as agreed with the course coordinator.

Required skills and experience

  • Personal experience of living with HIV.
  • Previous experience of running groups / workshops of training courses is desirable.
  • Ability to deliver support in an empathetic, non-judgemental and non-discriminatory manner to people of all sexualities, genders and ethnicities.

Commitment: Once a week over the period of a six-week course

Location: Hillingdon area.

Fundraising and Events Volunteers

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We are looking for dynamic, vibrant volunteers with an interest in events or fundraising to provide ad hoc support to our fundraising team. 

There will be opportunities to join us at our flagship fundraising events such as the London Marathon, Pride in London, Vitality London 10000, World AIDS Day and The Supper Club.

Required skills and experience:

  • Punctual, reliable, energetic and personable. 
  • A basic understanding of the issues relating to HIV and AIDS, or willingness to learn.
  • An interest in fundraising and/or events.

Commitment: One event per month for four to eight hours across an evening, weekday or weekend.

Location: Various locations in London.

Complementary Therapist

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The Complementary Therapy team is looking for a professionally qualified and insured massage therapist to deliver therapy sessions and help to improve the wellbeing of our service users.

We're looking for a therapist who specialises in massage, acupuncture, reflexology, shiatsu or osteopathy.

Required skills and experience:

  • Level of approved training and competence in therapy acceptable to coordinator.
  • Ability to deliver service in a non-judgemental and non-discriminatory manner.
  • Punctual and reliable.

Commitment: Three hours per week for a minimum of six months. 

Location: 314-320 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP.

Peer Educator (Enfield)

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The health promotion team is looking for a volunteer to help provide information and support around HIV prevention to individuals to communities in Enfield.

Required skills and experience:

  • Ability to engage effectively with commercial sex workers, black African people and the MSM community.
  • Romanian speaker (preferable).
  • Confident and comfortable talking about HIV prevention and sexual health.

Commitment: One shift per week, four to six hours per shift for a minimum of six months after completing training.

Location: Enfield.

Receptionist

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Our reception volunteers provide a welcoming, responsive, confidential and efficient service to people contacting us, either in person or by telephone. This front-of-house role encompasses many tasks, including:

  • Greeting and directing all visitors to the building.
  • Receiving deliveries and processing outgoing post .
  • Recording and managing room bookings for the building.

Required skills and experience:

  • Basic computer skills, e.g. ability to use email.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

Commitment: At least one shift per week (9.00am-1.30pm or 1.30pm-5.30pm) for a minimum of six months.

Location: 314-320 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP.

Positive Voices Speaker

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Volunteers in our Positive Voices project visit schools, colleges, universities and businesses to speak about their lived experience of being HIV positive. They promote HIV awareness and deliver sexual health messages which are both positive and accurate.

Required skills and experience:

  • Experience of public speaking and excellent verbal communication skills in English.
  • Punctual and reliable.
  • Be calm and level-headed when speaking to members of the public.

Commitment: Roughly three to four hours per week for a minimum of six months.

Location: Various locations across London.

Boutique Pimlico Retail Assistant

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Boutique Pimlico sells donated vintage clothes and books to raise both money and awareness for our work. 

The retail assistant makes sure that all visitors to the boutique are greeted, advised and dealt with in a friendly, welcoming and professional manner. They receive and sort donations, and ensure that the Boutique remains well presented, welcoming and free from hazards.

Required skills and experience:

  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Understanding of designer labels.
  • Retail experience.

Commitment: Two four-hour shifts per week for a minimum of six months.

Location: 19 Churton St, London, SW1V 2LY.

Other volunteering opportunities

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Micro-volunteering

Do you have a spare hour or two that you would like to use to make a big impact? If so, sign up to our new micro-volunteering initiative! 

We will notify you via text of upcoming, bite-size opportunities that you can complete at a time that suits you. For example, helping us prepare for fundraising activities, completing short admin tasks, helping out at stalls or supporting us at events. 

To register as a micro-volunteer, email your full name and mobile number to [email protected].

Are you are tradesperson/handyperson?

We are looking for painters and decorators, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, gardeners, etc, who would like to volunteer some of their time to help us with some maintenance projects.

What skills or services can you offer?

We would be happy to discuss volunteer roles to meet a variety of skills and experiences. Think outside the box. Are you able to help us create a professional volunteer newsletter or video? Are you a photographer? Do you have special language skills? Can you interpret BSL? Do you have a group of colleagues or friends who would like to volunteer as a group? Contact us to discuss any ideas you might have. 

Would you like to help out occasionally with fundraising and events?

If you don’t think you can commit to a regular volunteering role, how about helping out with the occasional fundraising event or perhaps promoting our work at Pride or on World AIDS Day? Let us know if you would like to help out raise money and awareness.

Contact us

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If you have any questions or wish to discuss any ideas with us, please call us on 020 7812 1722 or email [email protected].