Our amazing volunteers are an integral part of our organisation. We currently have over 280 volunteers who support us in roles in the delivery of services to LGBTQ+ people over 50. From communication and engagement, getting involved in fundraising activities, helping us run social events for members and providing administration support, we have a whole range of opportunities for you! Volunteer with us now and be a part of something incredible!
Contact us for more information
To find out more about how you can support us, email [email protected]
What do our volunteers say?Our volunteers tell us they like to work with us for a vast array of reasons:
To hear more about what it’s like to volunteer with us, check out Ben’s story as a befriending volunteer:
Read about our volunteers here
Are you looking to develop a particular skillset or bring one of your own to ODL? Have you got specialist knowledge that you think will be useful to our work? Do you have a passion to support the most isolated in the LGBTQ+ community? Explore our wide range of opportunities for you. Whatever your reason to join ODL, we’d love to hear from you!
Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, most of our face-to-face programmes are suspended. We look forward to resuming these programmes soon and would love you to join our team! We do have other opportunities available like our telefriending programme, which remains a vital support system for our members.
If you are interested in getting involved with Opening Doors, check out the opportunities below:
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, our telefriending programme is hugely important for our members suffering from isolation, loneliness and other mental health issues. The majority of our active volunteer currently sit within our befriending programmes and are split between telefriending and in-person befriending.
Although we have paused our face-to-face befriending services at this time, we have been running our new telephone befriending service. We have been very lucky to have been able to recruit a fabulous cohort of new telefriending volunteers the current crisis, but unfortunately at the current time we haven't got any vacancies for befriending or telefriending volunteers. If you would like to volunteer and be placed on a waiting list please follow the link below.
Alongside the befriending programmes, our volunteers help run a number of regular groups and events for our members, such as our Rainbow Café and Coffee and Cake drop-ins.
***Since the first lockdown in March all of our Groups and most of our activities have been held online. Due to government restrictions, we are unable to say when face to face social groups will resume. The few activities we have been able to arrange between the lockdowns have strictly observed social distancing guidelines.***
The volunteers in our ambassador programme form a key part of our commitment to ensuring the voices of people from the older LGBTQ+ communities are heard by service providers and policy makers.
We also have a number of key administration roles for volunteers which are vital in supporting the work we do. These include fundraising, communications & fundraising, BSL interpreters and member engagement programmes
Across all of our available volunteer roles, we welcome people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to work with, and are particularly keen to hear from, volunteers as broad as the members we want to reach, who represent a wide range of faith, age, race, gender, sexuality, disability and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
To join our volunteer team, please fill in our Application form, Declaration form and Equalities and Diversity Monitoring Form below.
If you have any questions about the application process or volunteering roles, please email [email protected]
Thank you for your support and we look forward to you joining our team very soon!
Below are our current volunteer vacancies:
We are currently not taking on new applications for Volunteer Befrienders as the service is at full capacity
We engage with everyone within our communities, and we are proud to uplift the voices of bi and pan people amongst our members and volunteers. We run a monthly group for bi and pan people and are looking for volunteers to facilitate it. We hold discussions and invite people to engage with the members in a wide variety of ways such as seated yoga, group singing, “gender neutral” ballroom dancing and talks on gender identity, coming out, hate crime, bereavement, aging and media representation
Can you interpret BSL and help us support people with hearing impairment?
Do you have the skills to support our fundraising and communications?
As a charity ODL relies on fundraising, and we are looking for volunteers to support our Community Fundraiser increase our income in these very challenging times.
Volunteer to support LGBTQ+ people over 50 people living with memory impairment or dementia
We are currently at capacity and are not taking on telefriending volunteers.
Help us raise the voice for LGBT+ people over 50 as an ODL Ambassador.