Current Volunteering Vacancies

Volunteering for ODL can be a life-enhancing experience. You will be supporting older LGBT people with a range of vulnerabilities, getting to know them and, very importantly, learning about them and their lives. We have over 200 volunteers but we value the contribution of each of them individually and we couldn’t do the work we do without them. If you would like to join our team please have a look through the vacancies listed below, and fill in one of our application forms, and then send it back to us at volunteering@openingdoorslondon.ork.uk If you would like to discuss volunteering please feel free to email us at this address or call and ask to speak to me on 020 7239 0400.

Please note, for all volunteering roles an Application Form, Declaration Form and Equalities and Diversity Monitoring Form will need to be completed.


Partnership Team Volunteer

Role Outline:

We are looking for someone who is confident talking about the needs and experience of older LGBT+ people, who can join our volunteer Partnership Team. We can provide content and contacts – and support you attending meetings of employee staff networks to talk about the work of ODL and about how they can support our work.

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Friday Coffee and Cake Club Volunteer
Further details coming very soon.


Volunteer Trainers

Role Outline:

  • Being a valued member of our team of trainers as part of our Reach Out and Open Doors training scheme.
  • Working cooperatively with the ODL Training Team to deliver our official  training programmes to our customers and other engaged partners.

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Volunteer Ambassadors

Role Outline

  • ODL has a commitment to ensuring that the voice of the older LGBT*community is heard – by both service providers and policy makers. Our Ambassador programme is about supporting members use their skills and experience to do this.
  • Opening Doors London Ambassadors are older LGBT* people who want to volunteer with us and are confident about talking about the needs and experience of older LGBT* community. Our Ambassadors make a significant contribution to the external representation and influence of ODL, and in doing so to raising the share of the voice of Older LGBT* people in policy, research and the media.

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Volunteer Befrienders

Role Outline

The aim of the service is to support isolated and/or housebound older LGBT people by engaging in regular visits and when appropriate accompanying them to events/ groups

  • Supporting an older person to attend a group or outing.
  • Visiting in their home providing a social contact. ODL cannot guarantee that all of the above venues will be accessible.
  • Assist with tasks such as making cups of tea, reading and general correspondence if appropriate.
  • To keep an updated confidential record of all contact (visit and phone calls) and in this record each month (or as arranged with the befriending coordinator).  Any emerging problems or concerns direct to the coordinator as appropriate.
  • Be prepared to attend any relevant peer befrienders’ meetings and training sessions (at least two a year).
  • To meet the befriending coordinator face-to-face at least once a year.
  • A befriender will not be expected to undertake any task, which would normally be done by a paid member of staff.

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City of London/The Barbican Volunteer

Role Outline: 

  • This is a support role working with the group sessional worker to ensure we are reaching more City residents with our groups offer. Volunteers will work on weekends to promote the group at public events and fairs over the summer, as well as communicate with relevant third party staff in local organisations.
  • Volunteers are required to attend any relevant training and two volunteer forums annually
  • Volunteers should be committed to and competent in member, volunteer and organisation confidentiality, and mindful of Information Governance policy

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BSL Interpreter Volunteer

Role Outline: 

  • To be present at various times to interpret BSL for meetings or in smaller one-to-one or slightly larger conversations.
  • To assist ODL in developing an environment in which people with hearing impairment feel valued and supported.
  • To advise ODL management about best practice with regard to supporting people who have hearing impairment.

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