Peer Support Group Volunteer (LGBT+)

South Tyneside LGBT+ service offers practical support for young people 11-25yrs around sexuality and/or gender identity. The support includes one to one sessions, support to access clinical gender identity services, family support & the opportunity to meet other young people via our peer support group sessions to promote the sharing of experiences in a safe environment.

Details of the role / tasks:

We are looking for a volunteer to support the delivery of our peer support groups. This will involve:

  • Attending groups
  • Helping the facilitator to set up and run the session
  • Supporting young people within the group – this could include emotional support
  • Sharing feedback and suggesting improvements or ideas for future sessions

Groups run once a week on Thursday evenings in South Shields. 


Essential criteria:

  • Ability to empathise
  • Confident and friendly approach
  • Respectful and non-judgemental
  • Understanding or awareness of young people’s needs and vulnerabilities
  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Ability to follow a structured session plan but with the confidence to make suggestions for development where applicable
  • An understanding of the importance of guidelines and procedures relating to key areas such as safeguarding, confidentiality, professional boundaries and information governance Vacancy Pro-forma v1.0
  • An understanding of Humankind – information is available on our website and you can call a specific project to make enquiries
  • A genuine interest in being part of the mission and vision of Humankind
  • Applicants must be able to complete some mandatory training online and attend supervision as required

Desirable criteria:

  • Personal lived experience
  • Experience of delivering groups / leading on activities or having attended groups


  • Age restrictions
    Over 18's
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
    Applicants must be able to complete some mandatory training online and attend supervision as required

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 12/06/2023

End Date: 01/04/2025

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Availability Details

We are asking for a minimum 3-hour commitment a month. This will most likely be in the evening as this is when groups will run.

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