A big shout out to the local organisations that support people from the LGBTQ+ community. We’re looking at you, Forum Plus, Opening Doors London, London Friend, Pride in London and Terrence Higgins Trust. 😉
A bit more about Forum Plus
forum+ is run by LGBT+ people, for LGBT+ people, working to improve the lives of our communities in Camden and Islington and surrounding boroughs. They aim to promote equality and diversity by the elimination of discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living, working, socialising and/or studying in Camden and Islington and, where appropriate, neighbouring boroughs and London.
Are you passionate about equality and diversity?
Do you want to learn new skills?
Are you interested in supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people who have experienced hate crime?
Then forum+ could be the service for you to join and volunteer with.
Our wonderful team of volunteers are integral to us delivering our services. As well as making friends and learning new skills, volunteers bring their experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to forum+. You can give your time on a regular basis, volunteer at a one-off event, or help us deliver our variety of outreach and social events across Camden and Islington.
Interested? For more details on their volunteering roles, including how to apply then email email@example.com
A bit more about Opening Doors London
Opening Doors London ‘supports & improves the experience of older LGBT+ people living across the Capital. Their aim is that no one in the LGBT+ community feels isolated or alone.
‘We currently have over 280 volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages who support us in our work. They help us run our various groups and social activities for LGBT+ people over 50, and vitally, our befriending service, for the most isolated in our community. We couldn’t do the work we do without the commitment, enthusiasm, skills and brilliance that our volunteers bring to their roles.’
Interested? For more details on their volunteering roles check out the Opening Doors London website.
A bit more about London Friend
London Friend promotes health and well-being for LGBTIQ people providing group & individual support. They also run Antidote, the LGBTIQ drug & alcohol project. They are based on Caledonian Road in King’s Cross.
We are always looking for volunteers who can help us:
Run our social and support groups
Help us with our publicity
Support our drug and alcohol services
Full training is provided for all areas except counselling, where we ask that volunteers are either fully qualified or working towards qualification on an accredited training course. For further information please visit our page for counsellors
Interested? For more details on their volunteering roles, including how to apply check out the London Friend website.
A bit more about Pride in London
Pride in London is wholly run by a group of volunteers who are passionate about equality and diversity. Together, we run the UK’s biggest, most diverse pride, and our job is to make sure we provide a platform for every part of London’s LGBTQ+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer and gender variant people) to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing.
From Pride’s Got Talent, which helps to showcase the wonderful creativity across our community, to our annual Parade through the heart of the West End and the amazing two-week, city-wide Festival that precedes Pride weekend, everything we do is designed to give LGBTQ+ people a platform to be visible and speak loudly to the rest of the city about what we have achieved, how far we have come and what is still needed.
Pride in London includes people of every race and faith, whether disabled or able-bodied, and all sexualities and genders including lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, queer, questioning, intersex, trans*, genderqueer, gender variant or non-binary as well as straight and cis allies.
Around 150 people volunteer year-round to help us deliver what has become a world-class Pride. We are already a pretty diverse bunch, but we are looking to add to our diversity and are especially keen to receive applications from the BAME, Trans, Bi, Non-binary and Queer communities. Gender equality is always a key consideration for us. There are two key ways to volunteer as a steward at the annual parade in central London (this year it takes place on Saturday 6th July), or year round in a variety of roles including communications, marketing, fundraising, operations and more!
Interested? For more details on their volunteering roles, including how to apply check out the Pride in London website.
A bit more about Terrence Higgins Trust
Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. We support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using their services to achieve good sexual health. Their head office is on Gray’s Inn Road in King’s Cross.
From outreach to training, gardening to mentoring, charity shop support and fundraising to advice and complementary therapy, we have a role to suit your skills and availability.
In return, you will meet new people, update your skills, enhance your CV, be offered the opportunity to gain a qualification and most importantly, help us to deliver high-quality HIV and sexual health services.
Interested? For more details on their volunteering roles, including how to apply check out the Terrence Higgins Trust website.
Want to find out details of other local organisations that support the LGBT community? Check out this page on Cindex (Camden’s index of stuff!)