We have volunteering opportunities for all ages – please scroll down for over 25s and under 18s.
(our flagship volunteer role for 18 - 25 year old LGBT+ people in eight UK regions)
Become an
LGBT+
ambassador 
in your area
We have a unique ability to help solve a problem that affects us.
3 in 4 LGBT+ young people have been bullied, and LGBT+ pupils are twice as likely to face discrimination.
Our community of 300 trained LGBT+ ambassadors work to change that, by championing LGBT+ equality and allyship in schools, colleges, online and amongst each other as relatable LGBT+ role models.
Become an ambassador if you: 
  • live around Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Liverpool, London, Manchester or Oxford
  • will be between 18 - 25 years old in October 2021
  • identify as LGBT+ - no matter your ethnic or religious background, disabilities or education
  • have good written and spoken English
  • can communicate with us by email and WhatsApp
  • would like to volunteer with kids and young people
  • have a passion for LGBT+ equality and visibility
  • want to contribute to our diverse and positive community of ambassadors
As an ambassador you only need to reveal your name and show your face to staff, other ambassadors and in sessions with schools. Your name (or alias) or photo would never be available publicly without your consent.
(if you can't be an ambassador)
What do
ambassadors do?
Complete a 4-day online training programme
 
This varied, relaxed training connects you with other young LGBT+ people and gives you the skills and knowledge to use your voice to effect change
Meet some ambassadors
Commit to volunteering for at least 24 hours a year
All ambassadors deliver talks and workshops in pairs with school kids (including in-person sessions in your local schools and colleges, and virtual sessions with schools around the country) as part of the volunteering
And there are many additional ways to contribute and use your voice - meet our ambassadors (to the right) for examples
Benefit from being in our nationwide community of LGBT+ young activists who support each other, learn from each other and make life awesome for LGBT+ kids
Read ambassador Deep's article for Gay Times on celebrating Diwali as a proud Hindu lesbian and volunteering for Just Like Us
Read ambassador Joel's article for Gay Times growing up trans and working class, and volunteering for Just Like Us
Do we need to visit schools during coronavirus?
You'll never be asked to visit a school in-person if it's unsafe for you
You'll be trained to deliver LGBT+ talks and workshops to young people online
As schools and colleges cautiously open up again, you'll get opportunities to visit them in-person
See the limited edition packaging that Jay (left) designed, and listen to our ambassadors' monthly podcast (right)
Why it's great to be an LGBT+ ambassador for Just Like Us
You harness your own experiences and narrative growing up LGBT+ to support LGBT+ kids in the ways that you needed at school
Being an ambassador is a simple, manageable and flexible way to do tangible social action locally
Volunteering outside your work or study bubble - and working directly with teachers and young people - improves mental wellbeing and reduces stress
Ambassadors influence the next generation in schools and online, without needing to out themselves more widely if they don't want to
Be involved in awesome activities and events like our monthly podcast, social media campaigns and written content
Volunteering develops many skills, and our internal development opportunities - like LGBT+ career mentoring - improve your employability
Our ambassadors report feeling happier, prouder and more confident in their own LGBT+ identities after volunteering with us
Be part of a nationwide community of LGBT+ young activists that stays with you past your workplace, college or university
The Just Like Us Volunteering team will be here for you
Ambassadors are central to what Just Like Us does, and your safety, happiness and inclusion is really important to us.
You sign up with us, and it's us who train and support you to volunteer. We're happy to get to know you, and to bring you into this community.
Meet us below - click on our photos to see a welcome video from us. And if you have any questions or worries about being an ambassador, you are welcome to get in touch with any one of us!
Josh Buckland
Programmes Officer
pronouns: he/him
Josh is your volunteer manager, who organises the things you do and supports you to do it
Watch his welcome message
Email him
Taz Rasul
Director of Volunteering
pronouns: she/her
Taz manages the team and plans big changes to benefit ambassadors and the charity
Watch her welcome message
Email her
Lorcan Bevan Niss
Volunteering Assistant
pronouns: ze/zir
Lorcan supports people signing up to volunteer, as well as new ambassadors
Email zir
Be an LGBT+ ambassador
 
Our ambassadors are in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Oxford.
You can become an ambassador if you:
  • live in a region listed above
  • are 18 - 25 years old (in Oct 2021) and LGBT+
  • have good written and spoken English
  • would like to volunteer with kids
  • have a passion for LGBT+ equality and visibility
We have ambassadors from various faith and ethnic backgrounds, as well as ambassadors with diverse LGBT+ identities, disabilities and levels of income.
If you are worried about a barrier to volunteering, get in touch with Josh (josh.buckand@justlikeus.org) or Taz (taz.rasul@justlikeus.org).
Volunteering for over 25s
 

If you’re over 25 and therefore do not qualify for our Ambassador Programme, there are still lots of ways you can get involved with Just Like Us – we are always happy to hear from you. 

You don’t need to have any particular qualifications or skills to volunteer – we are open to hearing your suggestions. 

Please fill in this expression of interest form and we’ll get back to you when we can if we have something suitable (please bear in mind we have a small team so it may take us a while to reply to people we have volunteering opportunities for).

Ways you could volunteer your time include:

  • Sharing your skills or expertise

  • Helping to run a talk or workshop for the young people we work with

  • Becoming a mentor (this is an opportunity for more senior LGBT+ professionals to provide career advice)

  • Fundraising – perhaps you have a great idea for a fundraising challenge

  • Participating in our campaigns, such as Younger Me

  • Any other suggestions you may have

Volunteering for under 18s
 

If you are under 18 and would like to volunteer, please fill in our expression of interest form.

We are currently reviewing ways under 18s can volunteer with us, and are hoping to have more opportunities in the future.

You could also tell your school or college about Just Like Us – we run talks and workshops, provide resources, organise School Diversity Week and have a Pride Groups programme.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Just Like Us