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If you'd like to volunteer in Brighton and beyond, here's what's currently available.

To find out more about any of these roles, please phone Simone on 020 7812 1858 or email [email protected].

HIV Prevention Volunteer (Essex)

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The Health Promotion team in Essex is looking for a vibrant and energetic volunteer to help support health promotion activities across the region. This is a great opportunity to promote the importance of HIV testing and safer sex to individuals in Essex. 

This role would suit someone with an interest in sexual health to learn more about the activities we complete on the ground, and actively contribute to our health promotion agenda. They will also get the opportunity to support us at key events during National HIV Testing Week, Pride, World AIDS Day and the Essex summer carnival. 

Required skills and experience 

  • Ability to engage effectively with Black African or MSM communities.
  • Excellent communication and active listening skills.
  • A basic understanding of the issues relating to HIV and AIDS, or willingness to learn.

Commitment: Five to 10 hours each month for a minimum of six months after completing training.

Geographical Area: Essex (Harlow, Basildon, Colchester, Chelmsford) and Southend.

Work Positive IT Mentor

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We are 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: 61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE.

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: Brighton.

Positive Voices Volunteer

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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: Brighton.

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: 61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE.

Fast Test Receptionist

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Our Fast Test Receptionists provide a welcoming, responsive and confidential care service for individuals attending our testing clinics. 

As well as greeting visitors, the volunteer will be required to open up and prepare the clinic room and reception area. They will drop in before and after the testing session and, if necessary, assist visitors in completing the registration forms. 

Required skills and experience:

  • Attention to detail and the ability to complete routine tasks reliably.
  • The ability to deal with the public and to provide excellent customer service to clients who may be anxious and behaving in challenging ways.
  • Good spoken and written communication skills.

Commitment: A minimum of two Monday evening sessions every four weeks, for a minimum of six months.

Location: 61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE.

Fundraising and Events Volunteer

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We are always looking for people to help us organise fundraising events and activities, especially for Pride and World AIDS Day. If you have any creative or inventive ideas for fundraising, such as pub quizzes, or sponsored events, we’d love to hear about it!

Required skills and experience:

  • Creativity and enthusiasm!
  • Passion for fundraising.

Commitment: Occasional.

Location: Brighton.

Condom Stuffing Volunteer

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We are always looking for people to help us make up condom wallets for outreach, especially leading up to events such as Pride and World AIDS Day. A friendly and sociable group of condom stuffing volunteers meets each week on Thursdays to make up the wallets – it’s a great way to meet new people and requires no training.

Required skills and experience:

  • Enthusiasm and willingness to support us.

Commitment: Thursday evenings, as often as you can.

Location: 61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE

Welfare Rights Admin Assistant

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The Welfare Rights Team supports people living with HIV to access state benefits and is made up of one staff member and a team of volunteers. 

We are looking for a volunteer to help maintain client and volunteer paper-based records and files, to help input and update client records on our database and to complete other administrative tasks like photocopying, auditing case files and completing service user evaluation reports.

Required skills and experience:

  • Be proficient in the use of computers with experience of Word, Outlook and databases.
  • Knowledge and experience of administration.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.

Commitment: Once a week for a minimum of six months after completing training. Hours negotiable.

Location: Brighton

Welfare Rights Adviser Volunteers

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The Welfare Rights team support individuals living with HIV to claim the right benefits and manage changes in the benefit system that threaten their entitlements. 

We are looking for volunteers to provide support to people with HIV to complete welfare claims forms including Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance and Housing Benefits.

Required skills and experience

  • Experience in welfare rights.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • To have a clear understanding of the importance and need for confidentiality and personal and professional boundaries within the service.

Commitment: 20 hours per month for one year (including training).

Location: 61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE.

Outreach Volunteers

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We need Outreach volunteers help engage with the LGBT community in clubs, pubs and public sex environments (PSE sites), saunas and other gay venues around Brighton. 

The volunteer would contact gay men, bisexual men and men who have sex with men (MSM) using these areas to help them assess their sexual health needs and to promote testing and refer them to appropriate services.

Required skills and experience:

  • Experience engaging with the LGBT community or working in busy, social settings is ideal.
  • 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.

Commitment: Minimum of two three-hour shifts per month.

Location: Brighton.

Counselling Volunteers

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Counselling volunteers provide short-term counselling support to people living with HIV or affected by HIV. 

We are recruiting qualified counselling volunteers (can be working towards BACP accreditation or equivalent professional qualification) with at least two years counselling experience within a related field.

Required skills and experience:

  • At least two years counselling experience within a related field.
  • A good understanding of issues relating to HIV and the treatment of HIV.
  • Experience of maintaining a varied caseload.

Commitment: To see three clients per week for a minimum of one year.

Location: 61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE.

BME Health Promotion Volunteer

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Our health promotion team is looking for a volunteer to help support the delivery of local sexual health promotion initiatives targeting African and other BAME communities in Brighton and Hove.

This includes providing assistance at open days, events and presentations, promoting HIV testing and assisting with surveys and collations of statistical information.

Required skills and experience:

  • Ability to engage effectively with BAME communities and a strong understanding of BAME communities, especially in terms of delivering culturally appropriate health improvement information.
  • Ability to speak to people in an open and supportive manner.
  • Ability to deliver services in a non-judgemental and non-discriminatory manner.

Commitment: A minimum of 12 months after completing training.

Location: Brighton.
 

Other volunteering opportunities

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Do you have skills in graphic design?

We are looking for people with at least basic skills in graphic design to help us with designing our event and information leaflets.

Do you have skills in social media marketing? 

We are looking for people to help us to promote our events in the social media.

Are you are tradesperson?

We are looking for painters and decorators, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, 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? 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, phone Simone on 020 7812 1858 or email [email protected].