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 is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country.
We offer services to various communities including
- MSM (Men who have sex with men)
- BME (Black and minority ethnic) people
- People misusing drugs
- Sex workers
- LGB&T young people and adults
Young Educators is a year-long project focusing on identifying and training young MSM volunteers to become Peer Educators in HIV awareness. We are seeking to empower young MSM to be community leaders in sexual health education, delivering an accessible and appropriate training package within their own peer group trained and supported by a designated member of staff.
Young educators are empowered to help identify groups where they feel the training will be appropriate.
Upon completion of the initial training Young Educators will have the knowledge and skills to deliver the training package to their peers within the groups identified.
Peer Educator Volunteer role
Peer Educator Volunteers are trained by an employed staff member to facilitate training groups and workshops in HIV awareness.
- preparing the setting for sessions
- creating a friendly, relaxed environment
- Leading activities and promoting participation in activities
- Providing feedback, input and suggestions for future training and workshops
- Identify groups from within their own community to deliver training
Opportunities for Development
In addition to the work in Peer education, volunteers’ input is welcome in the following areas:
- Networking through their own contacts to publicise and recommend the peer education activities
- Contributing to training delivery
- Working with new groups as they develop
Qualities Skills and Experience of Community Education Volunteer
Community Education Volunteers will:
- Be reliable, flexible and trustworthy
- Offer empathy, respect and be genuinely interested in people
- Be good listeners
- Be non-judgemental and respectful of people’s opinions and decisions
- Have experience of or an interest in training
Training, Induction & Supervision
Induction of Peer Education Volunteers has two stages these are typically:
- Induction – A one day introduction to Yorkshire MESMAC and volunteering for the Young Educators Project
- Peer education – volunteers will carry out activities within group settings. All activity carried out as a volunteer with the Yorkshire MESMAC group of services will be in line with Yorkshire MESMAC health and safety policies.
Yorkshire MESMAC will allocate a suitably trained staff member to train the Peer Educators.
Volunteers will be supported to practice delivery of the sessions throughout their training.
Volunteers will give post session feedback to the project leader.
Yorkshire MESMAC offers a wide range of training for all volunteers and all volunteers will have the opportunity to access training on specialised subjects such as male child sex exploitation.
All Peer Education Volunteers are encouraged to attend training sessions through-out their time as a volunteer.
Availability and Location
Yorkshire MESMAC is happy to negotiate with volunteers as to when they will attend sessions to suit both their own personal circumstances and the training timetable.
Peer education and training takes place at various times and locations to suit service users and stakeholders. Times and locations will be arranged to suit both the volunteer and the organisation.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
Please contact us for details about the next volunteer induction.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.