We’re Recruiting: LGBTQ+ Community Steering Group

Deadline extended! : Switchboard is recruiting members for our new LGBTQ+ Community Steering Group

Do you feel represented by Switchboard? What about by local healthcare services? 

Want to have a direct say about the issues that matter to you, and have a positive impact on Switchboard and local services?

Would you like to gain experience of planning and service-delivery at a charity?

We are recruiting volunteers for our brand new LGBTQ+ Community Steering Group, an exciting project that will put power into the hands of local LGBTQ+ people to help shape Switchboard services — and importantly — local healthcare services, too.  

We are looking for local LGBTQ+ people who care about equality and want to make a positive impact to help make Switchboard and local health services work better for everyone.

Help us improve healthcare for LGBTQ+ people

One important part of our work at Switchboard is carrying out regular engagement with LGBTQ+ Communities to provide input on local healthcare services. It’s called HIP – our Health and Inclusion Project – and it aims to make sure LGBTQ+ people’s voices are heard in health care decisions made by the local council and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). By participanting in the Steering Group, you will have a direct say on how we approach the research topics we are given, and generate ideas for new topics that are important to you.  

Examples of past topics include LGBTQ+ people affected by Dementia, Cancer, people of faith, BAME and people of colour (PoC), D/deaf communities and more.  

Who can apply

You don’t need any particular qualifications or experience to apply – we value your lived experience above all else. Anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ and lives, studies, works or socialises in Brighton & Hove is invited to apply, and we particularly invite applications from people from BAME/PoC, trans/non-binary and disabled communities.

We have reserved a minimum number of places for trans/non-binary people, self-identified women, and  BAME/PoC and disabled LGBTQ+ people. It’s best if you can apply as soon as possible, but applications will remain open until these places are filled. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Please note: We have extended the deadline to 11:59pm Monday 8th April 2019.

How to apply

To apply, please fill in the Steering Group Information and Application Pack, along with an Equalities Monitoring Form and send it to [email protected]

You are welcome to fill in this form using a computer, writing by hand, on the phone or in person.

You can email the form to [email protected] or hand it in to Reception at Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG.

The deadline is 11:59pm Monday 8th April 2019.

These are challenging times for our healthcare system, and it is more important than ever that LGBTQ+ voices are heard in the many important decisions that are being made. It’s also crucial that the LGBTQ+ community that relies on our services at Switchboard have a say in designing and delivering this work.

If you think you would like to be part of a group driving positive change for LGBTQ+ communities, we would love to hear from you!

If you would like to talk to someone about applying or to ask for support to write your application, contact [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!

Steering Group Information and Application Pack

Equalities Monitoring Form