Volunteer

Volunteers play a huge part in our work. By volunteering your time, you can help improve the sexual health and wellbeing of gay, bisexual, and all men who have sex with men in Scotland.

We want you to get the most out of your volunteer experience. We provide full training, social events, and regular support and supervision to all our volunteers.

Check out our current volunteering roles below for further information.

Community Outreach Volunteer

Responsible to: SX Team and Volunteer Lead (Collett O'Connor)
Location: Locations across Edinburgh, the Lothians, and Forth ValleyTravel expenses can be agreed upon and covered. 
Time Commitment:
 Opportunities monthly. Events will range from a couple hours to a full day. 

The role of Community Outreach Volunteer consists of supporting our various outreach sessions at events, venues, testing clinics, and more. You will help with information stalls where we promote our services, signpost to partner organisations, and have great chats about sexual health. 

As part of working with vulnerable adults at Waverley Care, you must apply to the PVG scheme. This involves a criminal record check, which is then shared with the organisationPlease note: Having a criminal record will not automatically prevent you from volunteering.

Main Tasks

  • Supporting outreach stalls at community events 
  • Handing out condoms, lube, and sexual health resources
  • Signposting people to Waverley Care/ SX and partner services 
  • Helping with the promotion of SX and partner events 

Required Skills, Qualities, and Experience

  • Friendly and approachable
  • Informed (or willing to learn) about sexual health, HIV, and Waverley Care & SX services 
  • Reliable 
  • Clear communicator  
  • Previous experience engaging with the public 

Training and Support

  • Debrief after events and opportunities to raise any concerns with staff 
  • Regular supervision & support with an allocated staff member 
  • Opportunities to attend volunteer socials 
  • Induction training provided as well as further opportunities to attend more advanced and specialised training with staff

If you are interested in applying for this position, contact Oliver at Oliver.ellis@s-x.scot, Monday to Thursday from 9am-5pm. He will send you a few questions to answer via email or phone, followed by an informal interview with members of staff.

If your interview is successful, we will inform you by email and set a start date. If your application is unsuccessful, we will also inform you by email and offer feedback on your application. 

Community Engagement Volunteer

Responsible to: SX Team and Volunteer Lead (Collett O'Connor)
Location: Online, with potential to meet in-person.  
Time Commitment:
Agreed upon individually. 

The role of a community engagement volunteer is to keep us connected to gay, bisexual, and all men who have sex with men by maintaining a resource of opportunities. This includes researching and contacting social groups, sports clubs, club nights, or anything else that might be relevant to our community.  

As part of working with vulnerable adults at Waverley Care, you must apply to the PVG scheme. This involves a criminal record check, which is then shared with the organisationPlease note: Having a criminal record will not automatically prevent you from volunteering.

Main Tasks

  • Research local community organisations  
  • Maintain an updated resource of community opportunities for Gay, Bisexual, and all Men who have Sex with Men
  • Contact venues and groups for updates on events
  • Support the delivery of condoms, lube, and sexual health resources to local venues

Required Skills, Qualities, and Experience

  • Connected 
  • Active 
  • Good communication skills 
  • Digital literacy, knowledge of social media platforms 
  • Able to research and organise information
  • Have experience of attending community events

Training and Support

  • Induction training provided as well as further opportunities to attend more advanced and specialised training with staff 
  • Regular supervision & support with a staff member 
  • Opportunity to attend volunteer socials 

If you are interested in applying for this position, contact Oliver at Oliver.ellis@s-x.scot, Monday to Thursday from 9am-5pm. He will send you a few questions to answer via email or phone, followed by an informal interview with members of staff.

If your interview is successful, we will inform you by email and set a start date. If your application is unsuccessful, we will also inform you by email and offer feedback on your application.