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On this page you can find the details of our current volunteer opportunities along with more information about the skills, knowledge and time commitment required for each role. 

To apply for a role, please complete our online enquiry form, stating your preferred role. We’ll then get in touch with details of how you can apply to join us as a volunteer. Our recruitment process usually takes four to six weeks, depending on the position applied for. 

Unfortunately we are unable to offer internships or tailored placement opportunities, and you must already be in the UK and living in the area where the volunteer role is based. 

If you have some specific skills or life experiences that you feel would benefit the work we do, or if you’re unsure on the best role to apply for, please send an email to [email protected].

We aim to respond to all enquiries within five working days. 

Outreach Volunteer (Soho)

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We need outreach volunteers in Soho to help engage with gay men on a busy and vibrant scene. Delivering national campaign resources, distributing condoms and lube, referring people to sexual health services and having open discussions with guys about sex are all core parts of the role. 

Required skills and experience:

  • Experience engaging gay men or working in busy, social settings.
  • A growing understanding of, and commitment to, HIV prevention work, sexual health issues and the needs of gay men, bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men
  • The ability to communicate clearly and appropriately with men with diverse needs, backgrounds and experiences.
  • The ability to work sensitively and appropriately as part of a team.
  • The ability to work on own initiative and flexibly within a shift, with close guidance from a lead worker.
  • A responsible attitude; reliable and trustworthy; a sense of humour; stamina; patience; an ability to be assertive when necessary.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Commitment to representing us in a positive and constructive way

Commitment: Two to three evening shifts per month (Tuesday to Friday, 6.30-8.30pm) and/or weekends.

Location: Soho, London.

Restrictions: Must be 18 years or over.

Volunteer Administrative Assistant (Work Positive)

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Work Positive is our programme to help people living with HIV who are unemployed back towards the workplace. 

You'll provide administrative support to Work Positive, including (but not limited to) responding to Work Positive emails and telephone calls, booking meeting rooms, assisting with the coordination of our induction day, training workshops and graduation event, and to maintain project spreadsheets.

Required skills and experience:

  • Excellent IT skills, including experience of using Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and Outlook (calendar and email).
  • Experience of using a client database, or willingness and ability to learn.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

Commitment: At least one day per week for a minimum of six months.

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

Restrictions: Must be 18 years or over.

World Aids Day Events and Fundraising Volunteer

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You'll provide support to the Community Fundraising team leading up to World AIDS Day (WAD), both in the office and at events. Tasks may include attending a variety of WAD events, carrying out simple clerical and administrative duties, contacting supporters by phone and email with guidance with their fundraising plans, and ensuring communications are logged on the database.

Required skills and experience:

  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office.
  • Experience of using Raiser’s Edge database is desired but not essential.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

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

Commitment: 4 days per week ASAP (sometimes out of office hours will be required with TOIL given).

Restrictions: Must be 18 years or over.

Employment Mentor

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As an employment mentor on our Work Positive programme, you will be helping people unemployed and living with HIV take steps back towards the workplace by offering a structured employment development programme.

Desirable skills & experience 

  • Experience in providing employment support, information, advice and guidance and/or teaching adults.
  • Experience of supporting clients on a one-to-one basis.
  • Ability to give and receive support and feedback, and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of commitment and reliability.

Commitment: Twice a month for a minimum of 6 months.

Location: Central London 

If you are interested in applying for this role please contact our Senior Volunteer Coordinator [email protected] for an application form and role description.
 

Complementary therapist volunteer

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We provide a range of different complementary therapies to enhance the wellbeing of people living with HIV. We offer them in a non-judgemental and non-discriminatory manner from our fully equipped treatment rooms, located at our offices in Kings Cross.

We're looking for fully qualified and insured complementary therapy volunteers who can provide either one or more of the following complementary therapies:

  • Massage Therapy
  • Reflexology

Required skills and experience

  • At least one to two years of relevant experience.
  • Level of approved training and competence in massage therapy.
  • Able to provide proof of qualifications and have insurance cover.

Commitment: Two hours per week for a minimum of six months. Must be available to attend volunteer induction training on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October.

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

Please note that a DBS check will be required for this role. We're unable to accept DBS certificates from previous placements unless you're registered with the DBS update service.

Placement Counsellor (Connect)

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We're looking to recruit placement counsellors to join our counselling and psychotherapy team to provide short-term counselling and long-term psychotherapy to gay and bisexual men within our low-cost fee-paying service, Connect. 

The service can be accessed for any concern covering issues such as relationships, anxiety, depression, chemsex, drug and alcohol use, sexuality and coming out, HIV, loneliness, isolation, work problems and many more. 

You will have the opportunity to support three clients per week and attend fortnightly supervision provided by a UKCP registered supervisor. The placement is particularly suited to anyone in a psychotherapy training wanting to increase their clinical hours and gain experience of long-term work. 

Required skills and experience

  • To be in the second year of a psychotherapy, counselling psychology or advanced counselling training.
  • To have at least 50 supervised one-to-one counselling hours (other relevant experience will also be taken into account).
  • To be in personal therapy for the duration of training.
  • To work towards UKCP, BPS (HCPC) registration or accreditation with BACP.

Commitment: Three to five hours per week, for a minimum of two years.

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

Please note that a DBS check will be required for this role. We're unable to accept DBS certificates from previous placements unless you're registered with the DBS update service.

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.

Please note that a DBS check will be required for this role. We're unable to accept DBS certificates from previous placements unless you're registered with the DBS update service.

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.

Please note that a DBS check will be required for this role. We're unable to accept DBS certificates from previous placements unless you're registered with the DBS update service.

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.

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.

Please note that there are no vacancies to join the team at the moment, but we can contact you when a position becomes available. If you would like us to do this, please let us know by emailing [email protected] with your contact details. 

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

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.

Please note that there are no vacancies to join the team at the moment, but we can contact you when a position becomes available. If you would like us to do this, please let us know by emailing [email protected] with your contact details. 

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 email [email protected].