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Outreach Testing Volunteer - Gay Men and MSM - Positive East

Closing date: 31 March 2020


Positive East has been on the forefront of HIV service and care for over 26 years; supporting people from point of HIV diagnosis to longer term care.

Guided by our mission – to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities affected by HIV – we have developed a holistic range of health and wellbeing programmes from counselling to workshops to HIV testing and prevention.

Role description: 

About the role

The main purpose of this role is to maintain and increase work in building a safer sex culture, supporting people to stay HIV negative, reduce undiagnosed infection and reduce late diagnosis of HIV and the onward transmission of HIV.

Main tasks and responsibilities

Working within agreed commercial and community venues and events across defined areas of North East London, volunteers will help to improve the sexual health of communities at risk of HIV through:

  • identifying individuals from target group(s);
  • distributing information and resources (outreach) to individuals within different environments (commercial venues, events, etc...) including using questionnaire assessments of HIV and sexual health knowledge
  • promoting and recruiting individuals for HIV POC testing
  • recording activity and results
  • administering HIV tests if selected and once trained and according to established procedures and guidelines
  • assessing knowledge needs and behavioural risks during testing discussions
  • delivering HIV and sexual health awareness training, if selected and once trained

Experience, skills and attributes needed

  • Good knowledge of English
  • Good communication skills, including being able to talk to people face to face, by themselves or in a group
  • Ability to record information in clear accurate English
  • Be good at listening to people and able to get on with different kinds of people
  • Understand, respect, and maintain confidentiality
  • Understand and work within appropriate boundaries
  • Be respectful and value people regardless of background
  • Be able to learn from your own experiences
  • Able to identify risks and follow procedures
  • The age requirement for this role is 18+

What this role offers for volunteers

Volunteers can expect to gain experience and skills including:

  • performing outreach/ HIV testing/ delivery, and issues related to health promotion more widely
  • the things that make communities healthy and unhealthy
  • HIV testing and sexual health needs of target communities
  • communities affected by and vulnerable to HIV
  • the broad health services needs of target communities
  • In addition, this role can contribute to increasing:
  • confidence
  • communication & listening skills
  • working as part of team


Other information: 

Disability access: Our building is fully accessible.  However, the accessibility in outreach venues may vary

Additional support: Wherever possible, within our own capability and capacity we will work to support volunteers who may need extra help. However, each person and their needs will be responded to on a case by case basis. 

Induction arrangements/mandatory training: One full day general volunteer induction followed by a role specific induction on completion of this

Other training: Sexual Health Training and any other training opportunities that come along will be made available

Support & supervision: Quarterly one to one supervisions are available.  In addition, we operate an ‘open door’ policy if volunteers wish to discuss anything in between their supervision appointments

Application process: Initial enquiry by email or telephone followed by completing an application form

Selection process: Informal discussion and interview followed by a three month shadow period

DBS check required : Yes

Role exempt from Rehabilitation of Offenders Act: No

References required: Two references ideally from someone who is not related, but has known the volunteer through work, volunteering or in some other formal capacity for at least 6 months. 

During the working week and outside “normal” office hours, including evenings and weekends. A minimum monthly commitment of 7 hours, (usually 2 x 3 hour shifts, but this may vary) for a minimum of six (6) months once trained. Once a session is scheduled and agreed to, attendance is mandatory unless for unavoidable reasons. Unexcused absences without prior notice of 3 times will be grounds for dismissal as a volunteer.
Expenses: Travel and subsistence

Type of activity: 

London Borough of RedbridgeNHS Redbridge Clinical Commissioing GroupLondon CouncilsMayor of LondonEuropean Social FundSkills Funding Agency  Big Lottery