LGBTQU+ Haven Volunteer

Job Title: LGBTQ+ Haven Volunteer

Location: Crawley, West Sussex

Hours: Minimum commitment 2 hours

Contract Type: Permanent term-time only

Closing date: 16th July 2021

Are you interested in helping young LGBTQU+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Unsure, or any other LGBT+ identity) people to feel safe, empowered and make friends with other young members of their community? Are you fun, empathetic and understanding of LGBTQU+ issues? Do you have a couple of hours to spare each week? Then the YMCA would love to hear from you! We run a weekly youth group at YAC Crawley specifically for LGBTQU+ young people, helping support some of the most vulnerable and marginalised young people in West Sussex.


You will work closely with the LGBTQU+ Youth Support Worker at YAC Crawley to deliver fun and engaging sessions at our weekly LGBTQU+ Haven group; one for 11-15 year-olds and 16-25 year-olds. The sessions will be a place for LGBTQU+ young people to come and feel safe, accepted and empowered, and will involve activities such as arts and crafts, indoor games, social action and discussions about LGBTQU+ issues. The sessions will be varied with the young people playing an active role in deciding what they would like to do and will have an LGBTQU+ theme where possible


  • Volunteers will be expected to have an excellent knowledge of the challenges faced by LGBTQU+ children and young people and an understanding of the need for safe and inclusive LGBTQU+ specific spaces such as the LGBTQU+ Haven.
  • This is a permanent term-time only post with a start date as soon as possible. A willingness to volunteer at least two hours per week is essential.
  • The ability to empathise and a strong desire to make a difference in young people’s lives is essential.
  • Knowledge of wider issues facing young people, especially those who are socially excluded or from hard-to-reach groups, including but not limited to the LGBTQU+ community.

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DownsLink Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Please note that we will be reviewing applications regularly and the role will close once we have reached our capacity for volunteers. 

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