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We only have one paid member of staff (a part-time administrator). We are nothing without our volunteers. They are our greatest asset.

Do you want to give something back?

Can you commit to six hours on the Switchboard every month?

Are you able to listen?

  • Do you want to give something back to the LGBT+ communities?
  • Can you commit to at least six hours for Switchboard every month?
  • Are you able to listen with empathy and without judging?
  • Would you like to help keep Switchboard running by helping us with skills you have in, say, training, PR, marketing, legal or IT?

If the answer to those is ‘yes’ then we would love to hear from you.

Once you’re accepted, you take part in training sessions to develop your active listening skills. Through role plays and case studies, you learn in a supportive and fun environment. At the end of this there’s an assessment, before you are allocated a mentor to assist you in taking calls in the phone room.

Two volunteers making notes during training

Being a volunteer for Switchboard is a hugely rewarding and fulfilling experience where no two shifts are ever quite the same. Volunteering with us allows you to make a real difference to the lives of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans people – and their families and friends. The interpersonal skills you acquire during the training aren’t just valuable in the phone room. You’ll probably find them coming in useful in other aspects of your life. You’ll also meet new people, learn from their experience and make an active contribution to the wider LGBT+ communities.

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