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akt
Founded in 1989, akt was set up in Manchester by ally Cath Hall, a foster carer who found that many gay, lesbian and bisexual young people were not receiving the care and support they need and deserve. akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. We support young people into safe homes, employment, education…
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about us:
akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. We support young people into safe homes, employment, education, or training in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ Identities. 136,000 young people in the UK are homeless. 24% of those are LGBTQ+, made homeless by rejection or abuse from family. For as long as LGBTQ+ young people are subject to hostility, exclusion and insecurity, our services will be vitally needed.


about the role:
Pride is a celebration of the full rainbow spectrum of the diverse LGBTQ+ community, a chance to connect with the community, and to stand up for the rights of all LGBTQ+ people. The responsibility of our pride team at the parade is to have fun! The Parade is your time to shine. There will be loads of eyes on you so engage with the spectators and shout loud ‘n’ proud about the work that akt does.

Duties

The role will consist of:

  • meeting at the akt office, helping carry flags and banners to the parade
  • wearing an akt t-shirt (this will be provided)
  • being approachable and proactive if asked about the work that we do when engaging with walkers and spectators in the parade
  • being reliable and punctual
  • ensuring you are aware of the pace of the float/walkers in front of you and maintain 5 metres distance from them

As much as we want you to enjoy yourselves at the parade, we ask that as a representative of akt:

  • please treat all staff, service users and other volunteers with respect
  • communicate any issues, concerns or feedback with a member of staff
  • please do not take photos which include other people without their consent (we will ask for a Photo Consent Form to be signed before/on the day)
  • avoid causing obstruction, congestion, and nuisance whilst walking in the parade. Think about how your actions and behaviour could be interpreted or you will be asked to leave.
Who will the volunteers be working with?
On the day, there will 5-6 members of staff as well as corporate guests. The aim is to enjoy the parade, walk with PRIDE and be able to talk about our work and what we do as an organisation.
Training
The onboarding process will be:
- fill out an application form
- invited to an informal chat
- invited to a detailed pre-pride briefing ahead of the event

Time commitment

Depending on the parade length, you will volunteer with us for 3-5 hrs.
Application deadline

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.