As a community grassroots group we are 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.
LGBT+ Social Space & Support Hub
We rebranded and relaunched our monthly social in August 2022 in order to enhance the wellbeing & support element to the event.
Our volunteers on the evening support with welcoming attendees, serving refreshments, introductions to other attendees and being 'conversation makers' over the board games.
Leeds Freedom Families
Our Leeds Freedom Families initative provides a focused group for parents (guardians, close family/friends) with children of any age who identify as LGBT+.
Through monthly networking at our Cafe evening 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.
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.
No previous knowledge or experience required, you'll always be with a team of volunteers and learn through time spent in the role.
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.
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.