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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 contact us on 020 7812 1722 or send an email to [email protected].

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

Work Positive IT Mentor

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We're looking for an IT Mentor to support clients on the Work Positive programme (Our employability programme for people living with HIV) on a one-to-one, face-to-face basis to assess IT needs and support the client to improve their IT skills accordingly.

Required skills and experience 

  • Good working knowledge of MS Office and social media.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of setting goals and creating action plans.

Commitment: One hour per week for a minimum of six months.

Location: London.

Work Positive Employment Mentor

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Work Positive offers people living with HIV who are unemployed a structured professional employment development programme, which can help individuals take positive steps back towards the workplace.

The Employment Mentor will support each individual and encourage participants to reflect on their work experience and skills and gain feedback on job applications and interview technique.

Required skills and experience 

  • Experience in 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 six months.

Location: London.

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

How to apply: For this role only, please e-mail [email protected] or contact her via 020 7812 1751.

Online Work Positive Mentor

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Work Positive Online is a personal development programme aiming to provide people living with HIV who are unemployed with online learning modules, online peer support, online mentoring and support to access local training and volunteer opportunities.

The Online Employment Mentor is an integral part of the support structure for each individual, providing space online for the participant to ask questions, set employment goals and plan how to achieve them. 

Required skills and experience 

  • Excellent communication and active listening skills in a virtual environment.
  • Confident with IT, Microsoft Office, Skype/ZOOM, web browsing.
  • Experience in employment support, Information, Advice and Guidance and/or teaching adults .
  • Ability to give and receive support and feedback and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of commitment and reliability.
  • Access to computer and reliable internet connection.

Commitment: The Mentor will meet online with their mentee once a week for approximately half an hour to one-and-a-half hours.

Location: UK wide, volunteering from home.

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.

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 call us on 020 7812 1722 or email [email protected].