What is Young People’s Voice?
‘Young People’s Voice’ (YPV) is a campaigning and engagement project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (LGBT) youth aged 16-25. Together, we represent LGBT youth by promoting awareness of their issues and rights in the wider community. We engage with LGBT youth on a number of platforms so they can get their voices and experiences heard.
One of the main ways we campaign is through the use of social and digital media. For instance we use Facebook and Twitter to promote awareness of our campaigns and write blogs for the Allsorts website about the issues we feel passionate about.
Would you like to get involved in YPV? There are five main volunteering opportunities we have on offer:
- LGBT Youth Campaigns Co-ordinators: Run annual campaigns around a specific issue (e.g. End LGBT Bullying in schools) and linking in with national and international campaigns (e.g. Stonewall’s It Gets Better) as well as short campaigns on themed days and events (e.g. International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia Transphobia, World Aids Day, Anti Bullying Week, etc).
- LGBT Youth Events and Activities Co-ordinators: Organise and put on events throughout the year (e.g. Volunteers Awards Ceremonies, walking group for Brighton Pride, LGBT Children, Young People and Families Day, etc). Working closely with the LGBT Youth Campaigns Volunteers to organise activities at the Allsorts drop-in/Groups and awareness events on short campaigns and themed days/weeks.
- LGBT Youth Peer Educators: Help design and deliver anti-homophobia, biphobia, transphobia workshops to young people in schools, colleges and other youth settings. Also help to develop resources for teaching staff and youth workers to use in class and youth settings.
- LGBT Youth Outreach Co-ordinators: Help to deliver outreach in educational, youth and commercial settings by running stalls at Fresher Fairs and other events. Also help in the design and review publicity materials for Allsorts services and projects.
- LGBT Youth Steering Group Representatives: Help to in the planning and review of all YPV’s projects and activities. Meetings are held quarterly.
Getting involved in YPV – FAQs
Who can volunteer?
To volunteer for YPV you must be between the ages of 16 and 25 and identify as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure of your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. You must also live in Brighton and Hove or the surrounding area (including East and West Sussex).
We welcome young people from all backgrounds and endeavor to make sure our volunteering opportunities and accessible.
How long do I have to volunteer for?
You can either volunteer on a regular basis for several months or just get involved in a one-off event or activity. It’s up to you how much time you commit. Volunteering with us is completrely flexable.
What support is available to YPV volunteers?
- All YPV volunteers receive an induction and/or training to prepare you for your volunteer role.
- All YPV volunteers will be offered to take part in an accreditted scheme.
- YPV will pay for your travel and in some cases lunch expenses when you are volunteering.
How do I get involved?
If you would like to find out more please contact Sam Thomas on 01273 7211 or email email@example.com
Who supports YPV?
YPV is funded by Tudor Trust, and the Big Lottery Fund, and is based at Allsorts Youth Project, the LGBTU youth project for Brighton and Hove.
YPV was the winner of Creating the Futures Awards 2008 in the ‘Inspiring Young People’ category: http://skills.homesandcommunities.co.uk/awards2008/inspiring-young-people