Volunteering

Interested in volunteering for Yorkshire MESMAC? Read on for all of the information you need to know.

Yorkshire MESMAC has volunteering opportunities in various projects and locations. We rely on volunteers to keep our projects going, and we are looking to expand some of these projects with further volunteer support.

We allocate roles on a first come, first served basis. For roles where there is a form, please fill in all of the sections. Once you have filled in the form, we will get back to you with more information or to arrange an induction session.

See the sections below to find all of our projects that are currently recruiting volunteers, as well as all of the volunteering roles that we have available.

If you are interested in more casual volunteering at Yorkshire MESMAC, you can find information on and apply for our condom packing parties on this page.

Yorkshire MESMAC supplies condoms and lube to bars, saunas and other venues across Yorkshire. If you’ve ever used one of our condom packs, you’ll know how useful they are! We organise regular condom packing parties so that we can continue to provide this service.

These events happen on a regular basis, usually weekly or fortnightly, and our existing volunteers enjoy being involved and giving something back. So far to date, more than 6 million condoms and lube have been packed and distributed. This is vital to all the projects within Yorkshire MESMAC and to many users across Yorkshire.

If you would like to volunteer for the condom packing parties at Yorkshire MESMAC, please click here. We will get back to you with opportunities and upcoming condom packing parties.


Hull

We started providing sexual health services in the city in 2015 to help prevent the spread of STIs and reduce late diagnosis through testing, education and community action. Our main focus is on:

  • Gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men
  • Women, families and women dating after divorce or separation
  • Black and other ethnic minorities

We also deliver training and workshops for both service users and professionals.

Please click here to see the Community Education Volunteer role description.


We strive to ensure that LGB&T* people accessing the commercial Gay scene know where they can also get information about sexual health, counselling services and support groups etc. To do this staff members will visit scene venues and sometimes other events/locations where LGB&T* people meet/socialise. We talk to the people out that evening about our services, answer any questions they have about sexual health and give out appropriate resources such as condoms and information leaflets.

Please click here to see the Scene Outreach Volunteer role description.


We carry out community testing under the project name Testing Times. The service is an award winning high profile service within Yorkshire MESMAC and we are looking for keen and confident people who are interested in getting experience in outreach and health care.

The community testing service includes rapid HIV testing, syphilis testing and screening for urethral chlamydia and gonorrhoea away from a clinic setting.

Community Testing Volunteers support the work of the testing carried out by Yorkshire MESMAC workers. This is done in a number of ways, from staffing reception to undertaking outreach in targeted community groups.

Please click here to see the Community Testing Outreach Volunteer role description.


Please click here to apply for a role in Hull. Please read the volunteer role description before applying to be a volunteer.

Once you have filled in the form, these will be passed to the Volunteer and Training Development Worker, who will contact you in order to arrange an induction.

Please note that volunteer inductions will be announced as soon as numbers are sufficient enough to run them. You will be informed of dates as soon as possible.

Click here to download the latest Hull volunteer newsletter.

Bradford

The Counselling E-Outreach project has been established since February 2014. The overall aim of this project is to use social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and other 'apps') and other online platforms to offer information and support with regard to the sexual, mental and emotional wellbeing of the communities we work with. This includes individuals living with or affected by HIV, men who have sex with men and the wider LGBTQ community.

We are currently seeking volunteers in the Bradford area.

Please click here to see the Counselling E-outreach Volunteer role description.

Please click here to apply to be an E-outreach volunteer for Yorkshire MESMAC's counselling project.

Once you have filled in the form, our Counselling Co-ordinator will contact you to speak with you about the project and getting started volunteering with us.

Please read the Counselling E-outreach volunteer role description before applying to be a volunteer.


Leeds

Please contact Aaron at a.chady@mesmac.co.uk if interested.

Yorkshire MESMAC are looking for volunteers to help us prepare for Leeds Pride 2016 where we will have a stall and a float in the parade.
We are looking for:
• People to help make decorations for the float before pride.
• People to do outreach on the commercial LGBT scene, talk about MESMAC and what we do and encourage people to get tested.
• People to work on the stall on the day of Pride doing outreach, talking to the public about MESMAC, and encouraging people to get tested.
• People who want to participate in our condom packing parties.

Outreach work with the public both before and at Pride may include:
• Providing potential service users with information about our community HIV testing and sexual health screening services
• Talk to people about STI transmission, treatment and prevention
• Giving out information and leaflets
• Answering questions service users and potential service users may have about their sexual health
• Telling people about other Yorkshire MESMAC services or other groups / organisations

This is for anyone interested in a creative and sociable volunteering opportunity and all hours are flexible.
Any time you can dedicate is appreciated, you can do as much or as little volunteering as you wish- every little helps!

Our next volunteer induction day on Thursday the 7th of July at 5pm until 8pm. This will be held at our offices at 22-23 Blayds Yard, Leeds, LS1 4AD. Cake & Coffee will be provided! The induction evening which will cover a bit about Yorkshire MESMAC and the services we provide, some info about HIV and some activities designed to get you familiar with what you might be doing volunteering with us. We can discuss dates for condom packing sessions and other ways you can volunteer in helping us with our presence at Pride such as preparing and decorating our stall and parade float and helping with outreach on the day to encourage people to get tested. If this date doesn't work for you, please let us know and we can email you a summary of the day if you are interested.

All volunteers are covered by insurance. Volunteers will be given a full induction and training. Travel expenses are reimbursed.


We carry out community testing in Leeds city centre under the project name Testing Times. The service is an award winning high profile service within Yorkshire MESMAC and we are looking for keen and confident people who are interested in getting experience in outreach and health care.

Please click here to see the Community Testing Volunteer role description.

If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer, please click here.


The BLAST Project is the UK's leading male only sexual exploitation project and supports boys and young men who have been, are being, or are at risk of being sexually exploited.

Established since 2003, the BLAST project supports boys and young men across Leeds and Bradford and also offers a variety of services nationally.

For more information about the BLAST Project please click here.

The following roles are available:

  • Daytime Outreach Volunteer (click here to see the role description)
  • Online Drop-In Volunteer (click here to see the role description)
  • Assertive Engagement Outreach Volunteer (click here to see the role description)
  • Helpline Volunteer (click here to see the role description)

To apply to be a BLAST volunteer, please click here to download an application form.

Please complete the application form in full and return it to the BLAST Project co-ordinator Phil on p.mitchell@mesmac.co.uk.


North Yorkshire

We provide HIV and Chlamydia in testing for everyone. This is a remote service, provided in numerous locations around North Yorkshire. As an Engagement Sexual Health volunteer, you would help us to promote these sessions and to increase awareness of HIV/STIs and how they can be prevented.

Please click here to see the Engagement Sexual Health Volunteer role description.

Please click here to apply to be an Engagement Sexual Health volunteer in North Yorkshire.

Once you have filled in the form, one of our Community Development Workers in North Yorkshire will contact you in order to arrange an induction with a Community Development Worker in your area.

Please read the ESH volunteer role description before applying to be a volunteer.


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