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Angels volunteering 2022

Thank you in advance for visiting this post to find out about volunteering opportunities with us throughout 2022. As a community grassroots group we're only as effective and active as our volunteers enable us to be, so we rely on increasing the number of people involved across our range of projects for their continued success.

Volunteering with us can be a fantastic way to increase your social circle in Leeds, making it an ideal opportunity for people new to Leeds, wanting to get to know more people within the local LGBT+ communities or generally just feel more comfortable around the LGBT+ bar scene. You'll also benefit from the knowledge that your time can and does make a difference to others by offering support through engagement & visibility, creating positive social environments and influencing decisions across third sector, statutory and other charity organisations in Leeds and across West Yorkshire.

The easiest way to support all of our activities is by engaging with our social media accounts and helping us share information from them - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram

We have a number of opportunities which include:

Friday evening street engagement - Each Friday from 7pm until 11pm we have a team of volunteers on Lower Briggate & Call Lane areas. The team provide safety reassurance to those enjoying the nightlife, assistance to anyone needing support (sometimes a chat, other times advice & signposting or practical things like phone charging) and promotion of LGBT+ social and support opportunities. On the first Friday of the month we also do a safety contact point in Leeds train station from 6pm til 9pm, alongside the street team. No previous knowledge or experience required, you'll always be with a team of volunteers and learn through time spent in the role.

LGBT+ Coffee & Cake Cafe: Our volunteers run this LGBT+ community social space every month (excluding January), hosted in the Priestley Hall of Mill Hill Chapel, 1st Tuesday of the month from 6.30pm til 8.30pm.

Whether you're coming along to help, or just to enjoy the coffee & cake we always welcome more people along to join the conversations on the evening.

Hate Crime Review group: Our coordinator is the independent chair of this group, working in partnership with West Yorkshire Police to lead a ‘critical friend’ function to review their actions in response to reported cases of LGBT+ Hate Crime in Leeds. Through this partnership we aim to identify positive handling of reports, check & challenge inappropriate or insufficient actions and fully understand the impact of Hate Crime on our communities.

These sessions are held every 8 weeks 6pm until 8pm, currently hosted on MS Teams. Pre-registration is required to attend.

Leeds Freedom Families: Our Leeds Freedom Families group provides a focused group for parents (guardians, close family/friends) with children of any age who identify as LGBT+. Through a monthly social drop in the group aims to bring people together to use their experience to provide peer support, network with others of shared experiences and identify how they can be champions for their LGBT+ family members.

Volunteering for this activity is restricted to those who have this personal experience to enable them to utilise it in supporting others and you can find out more by visiting the Families area of our website.

Other ad-hoc activities happen throughout the year (depending on the situation at the time with Covid), such as our Leeds Pride village Fete, the Queer YuleFest marketplace, pride friendly trains and other engagement events, however we rely on those involved in our other projects to support these to happen.

Daniel, one of our volunteers recently wrote a blog about his involvement with the Angels during 2021 which you can read on the Leeds Inspired website.

If you're interested in getting involved please drop us an email and let us know what which activity you'd like to support, and we can take it from there info@angelsoffreedom.org.uk