We’re always looking for a helping hand to support us in delivering our projects and services.

Volunteers provide a huge amount of support to the organisation throughout the year, and allow us to support as many LGBT+ people as we can. There are a range of ways to volunteer with Rainbow Foundation.

Current Project Volunteering Opportunities

Helpline & Befriending Volunteers (Min 3-4 hours per week committment)

Full training is given to volunteers working within this role, this is delivered in the form of online training and Zoom calls. The training is available to undertake remotely. This role involves supporting members of the LGBT+ community by responding to our online helpline queries, via email, as well as arranging and organisation online befriending sessions, using platforms such as Zoom. Our Befriending service is currently operatign online and being delivered remotely by volunteers, and offers support to LGBT+ people facing isolation or wanting to extend their social circles. The Befriending sessions are aimed at providing some company to people who need it, to have meaningful conversations, and to recommend other support organisations that may be beneficial to participants. This is an adaptive role, and can be undertaken from our ofice base or remotely.

Skills: You should have good IT skills, great communications and be passionate about supporting other people to thrive.

Fundraising Volunteer (Min 10 hours per month committment)

You’ll help the organisatino grow by making contact with local and regional organisations to try and identify spaces for collection tins. As a non-Government funded organisation, we rely on donations from members of the public to continue our work, and fundraising volunteers help us to achieve that. We’re also looking for volunteers to help encourage others to take part in team fundraising, this could be challenge events such as the Great North Run, or smaller scale events that individuals want to organisation but may need some support from a fundraising volunteer to do this. This is an adaptive role, and can be undertaken from our ofice base or remotely.

Skills: The ideal person for this role will be outgoing, have a positive nature, and have a passion for wanting to help others thrive.

What do you offer volunteers?

Volunteers joining the organisation are given an induction, with a member of the team, who will go through the organisation policies and procedures, and answer any questions that the volunteer may have. We also run sessions on an ongoing basis to offer any support or further training that volunteers may need. Volunteers have ongoing access to a range of training courses delivered online, by partner organisations, and by the management team. Volunteer expenses are available for any role within the organisation, and this will be discussed during the induction.

The organisation offers space to work from its Pride Media Centre office, although most of the roles can be done remotely.

I’m interested, but I’m not LGBT+

We accept volunteering applications from all members of the community. We don’t exclusively work with LGBT+ volunteers, and we have a keen interest in working with anyone that wants to help LGBT+ people in the North East live their best lives and thrive.

How do I apply?

For an information chat about any of the roles available, please contact Ryan@rainbow-foundation.org.uk, in the first instance.

If you don’t have any questions, or want further information, you can complete the forms below, and email them to Info@rainbow-foundation.org.uk. You should hear back from a member of the team within about a week.