Volunteer With Switchboard: Support LGBTQ People to Complete the Census

We’re working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Good Things Foundation to support LGBTQ people to complete the census, ensuring everyone has the chance to be counted.

The census takes place every 10 years in the UK – and the next one is due to take place in March 2021. The census is a compulsory survey that gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The information collected from the census helps inform local authorities and government about demands for vital public services such as school places, hospital and GP services and social care provision. This year’s census also sees the introduction of new questions around gender and sexual orientation. Because of this, it’s really important LGBTQ people are counted.

We’re looking for volunteers who can deliver support to people wishing to complete the census online between March – May 2021. You’ll be required to be available across a set amount of hours each week for 9 weeks, offering face to face support to those who need it (or remote support if COVID-19 restrictions limit this).

Participating volunteers will receive a full training and DBS check, have all expenses paid and receive a thank-you voucher for their time. You will also have the opportunity to continue volunteering with Switchboard thereafter should you wish to do so. We particularly encourage volunteers with lived experience of identifying as LGBTQ to apply.

Find out more and register your interest by filling out our SurveyMonkey here.