Volunteering

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

Volunteers enhance many of our projects at Yorkshire MESMAC, 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.

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. Alternatively, you can contact the North Yorkshire office directly on 01609 258745 or email northyorkshire@mesmac.co.uk

We have roles in Harrogate, Selby, Scarborough or Northallerton. 

Background Information

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

  • Black African communities
  • 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.


Background Information

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

  • Black African communities
  • 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.


Background Information

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

  • Black African communities
  • 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.


Background Information

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

  • Black African communities
  • 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.


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.


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