Terrence Higgins Trust – BAME MSM Peer Champion

Details of the Organisation:

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is the leading HIV and sexual health charity in the UK working to reduce the spread of HIV and to promote good sexual health. We campaign for greater understanding of HIV and sexual ill-health, providing services across England, Wales and Scotland.

We offer numerous volunteer opportunities. Help us make a difference to the UK’s response to HIV and sexual health.

Details of Volunteering Opportunity:

Our BAME Health Promotion team have launched a new project that is focused to improving sexual health outcomes for BAME men who have sex with men (MSM). The team are looking for three vibrant, energetic volunteers who have an interest in Sexual Heath and HIV to support the teams activities throughout 2018.

Tasks and activities you could be involved with:

  • To undertake outreach work at LGBT venues and events and engage with BAME men who have sex with men (MSM) to help them assess their sexual health needs and to promote testing.
  • To support with the organisation and delivery of quarterly workshops that are focused on improving sexual health for members of the BAME MSM community.
  • Help to raise awareness around HIV prevention methods including access to preventative mediation
  • To support with online/digital outreach activities (via social media and online dating apps)
  • To give BAME men clear, appropriate and accurate sexual health information and support, and to refer them to appropriate services
  • To assist in the keeping of accurate records of outreach sessions undertaken

Desired Commitment:

  • 4-6 hours each month
  • Time will be split across supporting physical outreach, digital outreach and workshops

Location: various locations in London

When required: February 2018 – November 2018

Skills required:

  • Experience engaging BAME men or working in busy, social settings is ideal
  • A growing understanding of, and commitment to, HIV prevention work, sexual health issues and the needs of gay men, bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men
  • The ability to communicate clearly and appropriately with men with diverse needs, backgrounds and experiences
  • The ability to work sensitively and appropriately as part of a team
  • The ability to work on own initiative and flexibly within a shift, with close guidance from a lead worker
  • A responsible attitude; reliable and trustworthy; an ability to be assertive when necessary
  • Some weekend and/or evening availability
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Commitment to representing THT in a positive and constructive way

Additional benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Full induction training plus regular, varied training provided
  • Reimbursement of reasonable transport costs
  • Support and supervision
  • References given subject to THT policy
  • Opportunity to develop and update skills and gain new experiences
  • Opportunity to support our biggest HIV prevention contract in London
  • All hours volunteered will be recorded on your H.E.A.R – which goes on your permanent university record.
  • Hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony.

Interested? Apply now!

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