WE NEED YOU!
Our volunteers all self-identify as LGBT+ and come from a wide range of backgrounds, giving the young people who use our services a huge, diverse group of LGBT+ role models.
"I'm a volunteer and trainee youth worker with Allsorts. This means I'm lucky enough to see all the different parts of Allsorts including meeting all the young people across each Brighton and West Sussex group, attending residentials, planning activities and haunting the office! The young people at Allsorts continuously astound me with their courage, intelligence and boundless talent! As an LGBTQ+ adult, it provides me with confidence in my own identity and a newfound faith in the future of the LGBTQ+ community. I'm eternally grateful to their service"
Our volunteers help the staff to run the groups for the children and young people that we support. At our groups young people can access information and support, meet other LGBTU people and take part in a range of activities designed to promote their well-being.
Common aspects of volunteering include setting up and tidying away, preparing meals for the young people, encouraging young people to take part in activates, being a friendly face and a positive role model to interact with.
All groups have multiple staff members that oversee the running of the group and support the volunteers in the space too. New volunteers are also paired up with existing ones to help show them the ropes and answer any questions you may have.
Volunteers are also highly encouraged to take part in important annual dates in the Allsorts calendar, such as Brighton Pride, Worthing Pride, residential trips and our AGM and birthday celebration.
"Pure enthusiasm emanates throughout the group at all levels and I am looking forward to being part of this group and to meeting so many wonderful people. I love volunteering and in the past, I have helped out at IT Centres as well as being an active member of a resident's panel. I hope to be, to the young people, the person I wanted to know when I was a younger person"
We have two volunteer recruitments per year in August and January.
Prospective volunteers are required to complete an application form, an informal interview and 4 training sessions before starting in their volunteer role.
Themes of the training cover safeguarding, listening skills and behaviour management and volunteers are also required to undertake an enhanced DBS check and attend regular supervision sessions.
- Contributing towards the young people’s positive experience of the sessions.
- Opportunities to connect with other volunteers and the wider LGBT+ community.
- Travel fees to/ from drop in reimbursed.
- Free food at group sessions.
- Free training on a range of topics available.
- Reference on request after volunteering regularly for 6 months.
We seek volunteers with the following skills, qualities and experiences:
- Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans (or other minority sexual orientation/ gender identity) & have personal experience and understanding of the issues faced by LGBT+ people.
- Have an understanding of the needs of young people who are LGBTU
- Have an ability to communicate well with young people, staff and visitors
- A commitment to working in ways that empower young people
- Good listening skills
- Be a good team player
- Be able to volunteer in the evenings
- Time to commit to 2 sessions a month
- Have a sense of fun!
We are especially interested in receiving application from BAMER (black, asian, minority ethnicity and refugee) identified LGBT+ prospective volunteers, as this identity is currently underrepresented in our organisation.
For more information or questions about the role, or to register your interest for a future recruitment, please email Reuben.
"I am originally from Argentina, and I am now living and working in Brighton. I am passionate about connecting with young people and giving back to the LGBT community - as I would have appreciated similar support when I was younger. I started volunteering at Allsorts recently and am impressed with all the amazing work that they do!"
"I have been volunteering for around 8 months now, being an Allsorts volunteer means the world to me! I love coming to the groups, preparing food, playing games with young people and being a friendly face. It’s always a pleasure and I hope to volunteer for many years to come. If you’re thinking about volunteering, do it!"
"I am so glad I started volunteering at Allsorts and really look forward to my Tuesday evenings assisting at the Drop-in. The young people amaze me each week with the openness and kindness they bring so freely, to adults, to their friends and in welcoming new visitors. It is beyond worthwhile to be able to help facilitate safe and supportive spaces for them. Allsorts staff members have been consistently warm, helpful and encouraging. My fellow volunteers are amazing, great company and I have made friendships that have been an extra bonus! These elements combined make volunteering a truly rewarding activity that has gone over and above my expectations. I would love to continue to be a part of the organisation for a long time!"