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Volunteering with Brook gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge while improving the lives of young people. Find out more about the types of volunteer roles we have at Brook.

We have opportunities to volunteer in teams across the organisation, including in education, clinical services and research. Our volunteers make a massive difference to our work with young people, and they get a lot out of the experience too.

Volunteering with us helps people develop their confidence, and give something back to their community. Volunteering requires time and dedication, however the benefits of giving your time will go beyond increasing your skills and knowledge.

We also have opportunities for young people to get involved in our work through our Participation Forums.

Find out more about Participation at Brook.

Why Volunteer?

The benefits for you

By volunteering for Brook, you will have the chance to:

  • Increase your knowledge of a sexual health charity
  • Improve your professional skills
  • Meet other people who are interested in sexual health, wellbeing and young people
  • Enhance your CV
  • Receive free training to complete your role
  • Receive regular support in your role
  • Learn from, and work alongside, experienced staff
  • Give something to the community and young people

Being a Brook Champion has helped me massively in challenging and facing my anxiety and other mental health issues that I face. From attending the residential weekend where I was able to face my fears of working in groups, social situations and eating in public to working on the photo shoot and interview on RSE for IPPF which helped massively challenge the low self esteem and body image fears that I suffer from.

Alex, Brook Champion
The benefits for the community

As well as impacting individuals, volunteering can make a difference to wider communities, such as:

  • Making sure more young people receive accurate sexual health and wellbeing information
  • Increasing awareness of young people’s sexual health and wellbeing needs
  • Equipping people with skills and knowledge to support their employment

The work Brook does to support and empower young people is amazing. They’re a really trailblazing organisation, and the benefits of volunteering are endless! There are so many experiences that have directly helped me progress further with my career and also enrich my social life.

Kirsty, Lead Volunteer for Participation and Volunteering
The benefits for Brook

Volunteers, particularly when developing activities, can bring new ideas and personal experience which can positively affect the work we’re doing within Brook.

Alongside this they can question and identify gaps which we may have missed. It is also great to work with them knowing that you are giving them a positive experience which could help them achieve in education, professional life, or just have an opportunity to make a difference.

They help us:

  • Increase our reach to young people, meaning we benefit more young people in more areas.
  • Complete projects in a shorter amount of time, meaning young people benefit from them sooner.
  • Spread the word and campaign on our behalf, meaning more people hear about sexual health and what we are campaigning for.

All of this helps us develop and deliver a better service to young people!

Do it! You’ll have an amazing time; the opportunities are endless, the staff are great and you’ll be part of an amazing team.

Harry, Volunteer since September 2016

Current Opportunities

Community Champions

Community Champions are volunteers who work with Brook to communicate and cascade positive Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) messages to their local communities. They assist individuals in their local communities to access a range of sexual health and wellbeing services, helping them to take responsibility for their own health needs. 

Please see below for Community Champion roles that we are currently recruiting for. 

Southend-on-Sea

Hours: Up to 12 per month
Location: You must live, work or study in Southend-on-Sea
Deadline: 30 June 2022

Community Champions assist individuals in their local communities to access a range of sexual health and wellbeing services, helping them to take responsibility for their own health needs. 

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with an interest in volunteering and becoming influencers in their local community.

Register your interest
Find out more about being a Community Champion

Barnet

Hours: 12 per month
Age: 18+
Location: You must live, work or study in Barnet
Deadline: 30 June 2022

Community Champions assist individuals in their local communities to access a range of sexual health and wellbeing services, helping them to take responsibility for their own health needs. 

Brook would like to engage enthusiastic individuals with an interest in volunteering, becoming influencers and supporting the delivery of a HIV Prevention and Adult Sexual Health Promotion Service in Barnet.

We would particularly welcome applicants who are interested or have experience in working in HIV prevention service and working with BME communities and under-represented groups.

Register your interest
Find out more about being a Community Champion

Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham

Hours: 12 per month
Age: 18+
Location: You must live, work or study in Lambeth, Southwark and/or Lewisham
Deadline: 30 June 2022

Community Champions assist individuals in their local communities to access a range of sexual health and wellbeing services, helping them to take responsibility for their own health needs. 

This volunteer role will support Love Sex Life, a BME Sexual and Reproductive Health service focused on Black African and Black Caribbean Communities in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. 

We particularly welcome applicants who are interested or have experience working with BME communities and under-represented groups.  

Register your interest
Find out more about being a Community Champion

Lambeth and Southwark (PrEP Promotion Community Champion)

Hours: 12 per month
Age: 18+
Location: You must live, work or study in Lambeth and/or Southwark
Deadline: 30 June 2022

Community Champions assist individuals in their local communities to access a range of sexual health and wellbeing services, helping them to take responsibility for their own health needs. 

This volunteer role will work with Brook to enhance community mobilisation and engagement by communicating and cascading positive messages about PrEP to their local communities.

Register your interest
Find out more about being a Community Champion

Education and wellbeing volunteers

Education and Wellbeing Volunteers are part of enabling young people & adults to have positive sexual health and relationships, by providing support to the Education and Wellbeing team who deliver RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) in schools and community settings. This may include tasks such as supporting with session preparation and co- facilitating RSE sessions.

Please see below for Education and Wellbeing volunteer roles that we are currently recruiting for. 

Essex and Thurrock

Hours: 2 to 6 per week
Location: You must live, work or study in Essex and/or Thurrock
Deadline: 30 June 2022

Education and Wellbeing Volunteers are part of enabling young people and adults to have positive sexual health and relationships. They provide support to the Education and Wellbeing team who deliver RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) in schools and community settings by doing tasks such as supporting with session preparation and co-facilitating RSE sessions.

This volunteer role will support Education and Wellbeing Specialists when delivering targeted education and professionals training in Essex and Thurrock.

Register your interest
Find out more about being an Education and Wellbeing volunteer

Clinical Support Volunteers

Clinical Support Volunteers are based in Brook clinics, which provide free and confidential information, contraception, pregnancy testing, advice and counselling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

They play a key role in empowering people to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices and to improve their wellbeing, by supporting them through their visit to clinics and transition into other services.

There are currently no Clinical Volunteer roles open. Any future opportunities will be listed on this page.

Counselling Volunteers

Counselling Volunteers offer therapeutic support to young people who request counselling at Brook.

They must have relevant qualifications or practice confirmation from their university/college counselling course, and must have BACP membership.

There are currently no Counselling Volunteer roles open. Any future opportunities will be listed on this page.

Research Volunteers

Research Volunteers work alongside the Head of Insights, Analysis and Improvement and other members of Brook’s Research Reference Group to support the implementation of Brook’s programme of research.

There are currently no Research Volunteer roles open. Any future opportunities will be listed on this page.

Participate at Brook

Brook is committed to involving children, young people, and adults in our work, and ensuring that their experiences and voices inform everything we do.

Participation at Brook involves people taking part in opportunities which enable them to have their voice heard, be actively involved in decision making, and create measurable and positive change in Brook services.

Find out more about Participation at Brook.

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