Volunteering

Why volunteer for Yorkshire MESMAC?

Volunteering for Yorkshire MESMAC offers YOU the chance to make a difference in YOUR community.

Yorkshire MESMAC involves volunteers in much of its work across Yorkshire.  We provide the training, support and travel expenses; you bring the enthusiasm and community spirit.  Together we can bring a sexual health message to the people of Yorkshire that really means something to the people of Yorkshire.

Whether you want more experience for your CV, want to give something back to your community, meet new people or just try something new, why not check out the volunteer roles we currently have in your area or have a chat with the staff at your local Yorkshire MESMAC office for more information?

Take a look at our volunteering policy here.

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.


Are you a self-identifying woman or a non-binary femme presenting person? Are you interested in mobilising your community to talk about HIV prevention, specifically PrEP? 

Yorkshire MESMAC and Prepster have come together on a project that works with communities at risk of HIV to empower you to take control of your sexual health and pass that message on to your peers. 

If you are interested in being a peer mobiliser, and are willing to undergo two full days of training before taking your knowledge back to your community, then you can contact Rosie or Amelia to find out more.

Rosie (Leeds, Bradford, York, North Yorkshire): r.ellingham@mesmac.co.uk

Amelia (Rotherham, Wakefield, Hull): a.thorp@mesmac.co.uk

We especially welcome involvement from women in communities affected by HIV, trans women, black and other women of colour, speakers of languages other than English, and migrants.


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
  • People of colour and other marginalised races

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.

Leeds

The Sage project aims to reduce social isolation faced by older (50+) LGBT people.

Volunteers of all ages are welcomed and appreciated in the following roles:

  • Buddying older LGBT people to support them to engage with the project and build confidence.
  • Promotions volunteering to attend meetings and events, support the production and editing of the Sage newsletter, distribute the newsletter and resources to those without internet access, and improve digital engagement for those wishing to develop their internet skills.

Older (50+) volunteers are encouraged to contribute to the direction of the Sage project in both the above and the following roles:

  • Joining the Steering Group to shape the direction of the project.
  • Becoming a Community Speaker to inform interested organisations about the Sage project from the perspective of a member of the older LGBT community.

For further details about the Sage project, or to sign up to volunteer, plase visit Sage.


Please contact Paddy at p.hands@mesmac.co.uk if interested.

Yorkshire MESMAC are looking for volunteers to help us prepare for Leeds Pride 2018 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.


York and North Yorkshire

Background Information

Yorkshire MESMAC provides HIV support and prevention services in York and North Yorkshire which is available to everyone and targeted at:

  • People of colour and other marginalised races
  • LGB&T adults
  • LGB&T young people
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Sex Workers

We aim to increase people’s awareness of Sexually Transmitted Infections such as HIV, how they are transmitted, how the individual can protect themselves and where they can get tested and treated if they are infected.

 

Core Roles as Group Co-Facilitator Volunteer

Yorkshire MESMAC provides support for LGBT people, Men who have sex with men and Sex workers ; this is a face to face service, provided in numerous locations around York and North Yorkshire.  As a volunteer you would help set up peer support sessions for our target groups. You would help to promote our service, engage with potential service users and increase awareness of HIV and STIs and how they can be prevented. 

This will typically involve the following:

  • Volunteering alongside a staff member to provide peer support for our target groups.
  • Engaging with local at risk populations in conversation.
  • Data collecting/data processing the results.
  • Helping with the promotion of selected services during sessions.
  • Welcoming Service users to sessions, engaging in conversation, making them feel welcome and comfortable.
  • Sign posting service users to other organisations and support.
  • Acting as a Peer Educator among friends and contacts with regards to HIV and its prevention.    
  • Attending regular supervision with a member of Yorkshire MESMAC’s staff team.

Qualities, Skills and Experience

No previous experience is required. However, it is essential that volunteers have:

  • Good timekeeping
  • Organisation Skills
  • Questioning Skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Ability to work with other people
  • Ability to initiate conversation
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice
  • The ability to maintain professional boundaries
  • A commitment to maintaining confidentiality

Induction, Training and Supervision

We provide full training, support and supervision. There will be a general induction into Yorkshire MESMAC Group of Services that will cover: Safeguarding, Boundaries, Confidentiality and Equal Opportunities, we will also give you a brief history of Yorkshire MESMAC. We will also provide specific training with regard to HIV and its prevention, relevant local services and guidance on how to promote services via the internet.

We’ll also reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses where possible. We can provide you with references and it’s a wonderful opportunity to develop and update skills and gain new experiences.

Availability should be flexible, however, we do plan our time and those of our testing sessions in advance.

 

Locations

To be discussed, but primarily around York and North Yorkshire.

To express an interest in this role, please contact us


Background Information

Yorkshire MESMAC provides HIV support and prevention services in York and North Yorkshire which is available to everyone and targeted at:

  • People of colour and other marginalised races
  • LGB&T adults
  • LGB&T young people
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Sex Workers

We aim to increase people’s awareness of Sexually Transmitted Infections such as HIV, how they are transmitted, how the individual can protect themselves and where they can get tested and treated if they are infected.

 

Core Roles as Outreach Volunteer

Yorkshire MESMAC provides HIV and STI testing for most a risk populations; this is a face to face service, provided in numerous locations around York and North Yorkshire.  As a volunteer you would help us to promote our service, engage with potential service users and increase awareness of HIV and STIs and how they can be prevented. 

This will typically involve the following:

  • Volunteering alongside a staff member to provide information on where to go to get tested and other local initiatives.
  • Engaging with local at risk populations in conversation face to face at Freshers Fairs and Sexual health fairs.
  • Data collecting/data processing the results.
  • Helping with the promotion of selected services including flyer drops and handing out information.
  • Acting as a Peer Educator among friends and contacts with regards to HIV and its prevention.    
  • Attending regular supervision with a member of Yorkshire MESMAC’s staff team.

 

Qualities, Skills and Experience

No previous experience is required. However, it is essential that volunteers have:

  • Good timekeeping
  • Organisation Skills
  • Questioning Skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Ability to work with other people
  • Ability to initiate conversation
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice
  • The ability to maintain professional boundaries
  • A commitment to maintaining confidentiality

Induction, Training and Supervision

We provide full training, support and supervision. There will be a general

induction into Yorkshire MESMAC Group of Services that will cover: Safeguarding, Boundaries, Confidentiality and Equal Opportunities, we will also give you a brief history of Yorkshire MESMAC. We will also provide specific training with regard to HIV and its prevention, relevant local services and guidance on how to promote services via the internet.

We’ll also reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses where possible. We can provide you with references and it’s a wonderful opportunity to develop and update skills and gain new experiences.

Availability should be flexible, however, we do plan our time and those of our testing sessions in advance.

 

Locations

To be discussed, but primarily around York and North Yorkshire.


To express an interest in this role, please contact us


Background Information

Yorkshire MESMAC provides HIV support and prevention services in York and North Yorkshire which is available to everyone and targeted at:

  • People of colour and other marginalised races
  • LGB&T adults
  • LGB&T young people
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Sex Workers

We aim to increase people’s awareness of Sexually Transmitted Infections such as HIV, how they are transmitted, how the individual can protect themselves and where they can get tested and treated if they are infected.

 

Core Roles as Online Outreach Volunteer

Yorkshire MESMAC provides HIV and STI testing for most a risk populations; this is a remote service, provided in numerous locations around York and North Yorkshire.  As a volunteer you would help us to promote these sessions, engage with potential service users and increase awareness of HIV and STIs and how they can be prevented. 

This will typically involve the following:

  • Volunteering alongside a staff member to provide information on where to go to get tested and other local initiatives.
  • Engaging with local at risk populations in conversation online and through apps in accordance with guidance.
  • Data collecting/data processing the results.
  • Helping with the promotion of selected services via the internet and apps in accordance with guidance.
  • Acting as a Peer Educator among friends and contacts with regards to HIV and its prevention.    
  • Attending regular supervision with a member of Yorkshire MESMAC’s staff team.

 

Qualities, Skills and Experience

No previous experience is required. However, it is essential that volunteers have:

  • Good timekeeping
  • Organisation Skills
  • Questioning Skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Ability to work with other people
  • Ability to initiate conversation
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice
  • The ability to maintain professional boundaries
  • A commitment to maintaining confidentiality

Induction, Training and Supervision

We provide full training, support and supervision. There will be a general

induction into Yorkshire MESMAC Group of Services that will cover: Safeguarding, Boundaries, Confidentiality and Equal Opportunities, we will also give you a brief history of Yorkshire MESMAC. We will also provide specific training with regard to HIV and its prevention, relevant local services and guidance on how to promote services via the internet.

We’ll also reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses where possible. We can provide you with references and it’s a wonderful opportunity to develop and update skills and gain new experiences.

Availability should be flexible, however, we do plan our time and those of our testing sessions in advance.

 

Locations

To be discussed, but primarily around York and North Yorkshire.

To express an interest in this role, please contact us


Background Information

Yorkshire MESMAC provides HIV support and prevention services in York and North Yorkshire which is available to everyone and targeted at:

  • People of colour and other marginalised races
  • LGB&T adults
  • LGB&T young people
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Sex Workers

We aim to increase people’s awareness of Sexually Transmitted Infections such as HIV, how they are transmitted, how the individual can protect themselves and where they can get tested and treated.

 

Core Roles as Community Testing Volunteer

Yorkshire MESMAC provides HIV and STI testing for most a risk populations; this is a face to face service, provided in numerous locations around York and North Yorkshire.  As a volunteer you would help us to promote our service, engage with potential service users and increase awareness of HIV and STIs and how they can be prevented. 

This will typically involve the following:

  • Volunteering alongside a staff member to provide information on where to go to get tested and other local initiatives.
  • Engaging with local at risk populations in conversation face to face at testing sessions.
  • Data collecting/data processing the results.
  • Helping with the promotion of selected services during testing sessions.   
  • Welcoming Service users to various testing sessions, engaging in conversation, making them feel welcome and comfortable.
  • Acting as a Peer Educator among friends and contacts with regards to HIV and its prevention.    
  • Attending regular supervision with a member of Yorkshire MESMAC’s staff team.

 

Qualities, Skills and Experience

No previous experience is required. However, it is essential that volunteers have:

  • Good timekeeping
  • Organisation Skills
  • Questioning Skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Ability to work with other people
  • Ability to initiate conversation
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice
  • The ability to maintain professional boundaries
  • A commitment to maintaining confidentiality

Induction, Training and Supervision

We provide full training, support and supervision. There will be a general induction into Yorkshire MESMAC Group of Services that will cover: Safeguarding, Boundaries, Confidentiality and Equal Opportunities, we will also give you a brief history of Yorkshire MESMAC. We will also provide specific training with regard to HIV and its prevention, relevant local services and guidance on how to promote services via the internet.

We’ll also reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses where possible. We can provide you with references and it’s a wonderful opportunity to develop and update skills and gain new experiences.

Availability should be flexible, however, we do plan our time and those of our testing sessions in advance.

 

Locations

To be discussed, but primarily around York and North Yorkshire.

To express an interest in this role, please contact us


Rotherham

Community testing is carried out in Rotherham by Yorkshire MESMAC 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 brings rapid HIV testing and screening for urethral chlamydia and gonorrhoea away from a clinic setting.

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

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


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