We’re Recruiting: Volunteer LGBTQ+ Community Researchers

Switchboard is recruiting volunteer LGBTQ+ Community Researchers

Would you like to be part of an exciting new project which enables LGBTQ+ people to create and share the stories that are important to them and their communities?

Switchboard is training up a pool of volunteers to carry out research in their own communities, on issues that matter to them. One of the aims of the project is to highlight the voices of people from groups that are often under-represented in the mainstream LGBTQ+ community sector. This includes people of colour/ people from BAME backgrounds, people from the trans and non-binary communities and disabled LGBTQ+ people.

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 are running a two-day training course on Saturday 6th April and Saturday 13th April. The training will cover intersectional approaches to community research and equip volunteers with the skills to carry out focus groups, interviews and other methods of engagement.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Researcher for Switchboard and can commit to the two-day training course, we would love to hear from you.

How to apply

To apply to become a Community Researcher, please read and complete the volunteer application form below, along with an Equalities Monitoring Form and send them to volunteering@switchboard.org.uk.

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on Friday 29th March 2019.

You can email the form to meg.lewis@switchboard.org.uk or hand it in to Reception at Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG.

Volunteer Application Form

Wheelchair accessible
Hearing loop
Accessible gender-neutral toilets
Local travel expenses covered

*Please let us know if your access requirements are not covered here.

Thank you for your interest in the Community Researcher Project! We look forward to hearing from you.