JobsWe have a fantastic team here at SAYiT. Could you join it?
We are not currently recruiting.
Help us combat homophobia in schools by raising awareness of issues and behaviours, and to support LGBT+ students by facilitating support groups.
If you would like to join us we will offer you full training and shadowing before giving you some small one-off sessions to lead, or a weekly group that you can support. We want to place volunteers in every Sheffield senior school to help us with this so we can achieve our goals all across the city.
One off Outreach sessions
By invitation of the school we run one off sessions to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues in schools. You can shadow one of our Youth Workers at some of the sessions to get a feel for how they work, and then they will work with you one-on-one to get you really up to speed on the content. Then you’ll be able to run a session paired with a staff partner before finally giving it a go running sessions solo or with your volunteer partner.
GSA group support
We are looking for volunteers to work with an individual school (convenient for you) to set up and promote a Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) – a group of LGBT+ students and allies within their school setting. You’ll then help them with their activities which will depend on their focus. This may simply be to support each other, or to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues within the school community, or even to run campaigns. GSAs are student-led, with a 6th former or Y11 student normally acting as the lead. It is also a requirement that a member of staff from school supports the group. They might be weekly or less frequently depending on need, and of course we would provide training and support in the first instance.
We also need help to provide a presence at events. especially Pride (pre-event set up and also helping at the stall), but also Owls in the Park, Pinknic, Grace Petrie at the Leadmill, and more.
We’re starting a pop-up choir, to perform for our 20th birthday celebrations – all volunteers welcome to swell the chorus and encourage the others.
Currently we need volunteers to help with note taking at a half day conference, plus we have new software and our mailing list needs some inputting for the transfer.
If any of the above appeals, please fill in our application form below’
If you are interested in finding out more, please complete this short application form.
We look forward to hearing from you!
For more information contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Caroline Rawle on firstname.lastname@example.org
Working for SAYiT
Working for a small charity like SAYiT is a privilege and can be hugely rewarding – it can bring both personal satisfaction and personal challenge.
Ultimately, it is about being youth focussed, committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and having a strong sense of determination to promote the welfare of young people and empower them to make informed choices – enabling them to fulfil their potential.
Working with SAYiT and empowering young people brings with it enormous responsibilities in terms of promoting the rights of young people, ensuring their effective participation and engagement and representing the charity as well as building on its excellent reputation.
We asked one of the workers who recently left the organisation to give us her reflections on working at SAYiT:
What did you like most about your job?
I liked working for an organisation where you have the opportunity to work creatively and see projects through from conception to completion. We aren’t held back by bureaucracy, but have the freedom to make real changes in the world. We are a team held together by a strong sense of community and shared values – I feel I can be myself, I am understood by my colleagues and I can rely on a shared sense of purpose when developing and delivering work. A lot of staff comment on the laughs we have at work and that is something I experience too – a shared sense of humour means I enjoy working with my colleagues even though we are often working with difficult issues.
What advice would you offer for somebody wanting to work or volunteer for SAYiT?
The work can be amazing – I can look back with pride and see quality work that we as a team have created. Apply for the job if you feel you have a strong work ethic and deeply held commitment to LGBT+ rights. Expect to be challenged to work hard, to deadlines and producing quality work. This is a small organisation, which brings enormous benefits, but it also means there is nowhere to hide – you have to bring real project and staff management skills, as well as the self-awareness and maturity to be able to speak up when you don’t understand something or need more support– the work can be enormously satisfying, but you need to keep it in perspective and remember you have big parts of you that exist outside of work. You are here to work for/with LGBT+ young people, so need to understand the challenges they are going through and ensure you have the maturity to sometimes hear difficult stories that may be familiar to you and maintain your boundaries and objectivity.
Sorry, we cannot offer any work experience oppurtunities at this time.