Public Sex Environments, Sauna and Venue Outreach Work Vacancy

Public Sex Environments, Sauna and Venue Outreach Work Vacancy


The Renaissance outreach (funded through Blackpool Council & Lancashire County Council Public Health) supports in situ sexual health advice, education and referrals in the public sex environments of Blackpool & Lancashire, targeting gay, bisexual men, and men who have sex with men.




PSE sessional outreach worker 8 hours per week at £10 per hour. The project will require weekend and late evening working and travelling to and from area’s whilst on shift (predominantly Blackpool for this post) – own transport would be advantageous, expenses provided.


Candidates will need the following criteria:-

  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Interest/knowledge in sexual health
  • Interest/experience of outreach working
  • Administration skills
  • Knowledge of issues facing gay, bisexual and MSM
  • Knowledge of local supporting Services


Please note: It is an Occupational Requirement of this role that the successful candidate is a man due to the need to access public sex environments


Please prepare a written response in no more than 4 pages of A4 (font size 11) for Monday 28th September at 2015 10am. Your response must clearly outline the reasons why you are applying for this post, details of any relevant experience gained either in a paid or voluntary capacity, and details of any relevant training/education and other interests relevant to this post. Please ensure you refer to the attached job description and person specification within your response.

Please email your expression of interest to Shelley Mullarkey – Matthews on


Drugline-Lancashire Ltd (PSE) focused Outreach Worker Job Description and Person Specification


Post Title:                   Outreach Worker (PSE with men who have sex with men in public places) Sauna and Venue


Hours:                         8 hours per week


Duration of Contract:           12 months fixed term contract


Accountable to:         Renaissance at Drugline Lancashire


Line Manager:            Renaissance at Drugline Lancashire


Key tasks:                   To contact men using public sex environments, saunas and venues and disseminate information and resources relating to sexual health including the prevention of HIV


Main Duties:              

–                             To identify public sex environments, sauna’s and venues in the locality

–                             To appropriately distribute information and condoms to men using public sex environments, venues and saunas

–                             To sensitively ascertain sexual health needs if opportunity arises

–                             To identify gaps or inappropriate service provision

–                             To maintain confidentiality, minimal records

–                             To develop supportive work with co-worker

–                             To carry out appropriate referrals to service

–                             To meet with manager and other outreach workers on agreed regular basis

–                             To assist the monitoring and evaluation process by completing weekly project sheets



  • A high level of interpersonal skills (essential)
  • Experience of working with gay and bisexual men (desirable)
  • Ability to work as part of a team (essential)
  • A knowledge of the issues relating to men using public sex environments, saunas and outreach venues (desirable)
  • A knowledge of HIV and other STI’s and other men’s sexual health issues (essential)
  • Experience of outreach work / community work (desirable)


Personal Qualities:

  • Persistence
  • Enthusiasm and a commitment to the work, feeling comfortable about ones sexuality and that of others
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision
  • The ability to relate to a wide range of men who have sex with men
  • Ability to cope with stress
  • A clear understanding of professional and personal boundaries and ability to respect such boundaries
  • A non-judgemental attitude with a commitment to equal opportunities and challenging HIV related discrimination


Please Note: Outreach workers are expected not to engage in cottaging and cruising in the areas for the duration of the project




Premier Inn Blackburn Recruitment Open Day

Premier Inn Recruitment Open Day

As the new Blackburn Premier Inn nears completion, the company are searching for staff for a range of roles within the new hotel based at the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.

The Open Day takes place at Blackburn Youth Zone on Thursday 17th September 2015 between 10am and 3pm.

Anyone is welcome, appointments are not necessary and you can attend between the above hours.

Be a part of Blackburn’s exciting new future.

Events Volunteer

Events Volunteer
  • Chutney for Change

About the opportunity

This is a fabulous opportunity to get involved in a new social enterprise in Blackburn.
We are planning events for the next twelve months and need help planning and executing these events.
This includes pop-up events, spontaneous community installations, cook-off’s and conferences.

Ideas welcomed in developing this aspect of the business.

About Chutney for Change

We make chutney from fruit and vegetables provided to us which are either bruised or over-ripe and not suitable for retail sale.
We sourse these from supermarkets, local allotment holders, growers, wholesalers and farmers. The chutney is produced by volunteer and profits from the sale of chutney allows us to provide taining for hygiene certificates for our volunteers.

We also provide retail and customer service experience when selling the chutney.

In addition to this we encourage our volunteers to develop their own entrepreneurial ambitions by exchanging skills for chutney, volunteers to sell their own communities. This is a great opportunity to use the retailing skills developed with Chutney for Change for their own benefit.

In return for volunteering with Chutney for Change, we offer references and documentation of the time spent and skills gained with Chutney for Change.
We will provide accredited training in Food Safety for our volunteers.

What are they looking for?

We are looking for volunteers with the ability to plan events and have customer services experienceand a good attention to detail.

Someone who can be proactive and innovative thinking.
Volunteers have the opportunity to develop their own event in conjunction with us and in collaboration with other local partners.

Volunteering with new, exciting social enterprise tackling food waste and employability.

We are happy to supply references and documentation of skills gained and hours volunteered.

Family Support

Family Support
  • Homestart

About the opportunity

This opportunity is for 2 or 3 hours a week.

Home-start is a voluntary organisation offering informal, friendly support to parents with at least one child under the age of five. You will visit a family in their own home once a week for a couple of hours. Some might need someone to talk to, others may need more practical support with meal planning and cooking, reading to children, going to the local park or finding out about local services. The volunteer must have parenting experience. Friendliness and a caring attitude are essential as well as an understanding of the pressures of parenting.

About Homestart

Provide support to families with at least one child under the age of five, who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

What are they looking for?

The volunteer must have parenting experience. Friendliness and a caring attitude are essential as well as an understanding of the pressures of parenting.

Helpdesk Assistant

Helpdesk Assistant
  • Your Support Your Choice
  • Posted

About the opportunity

This opportunity requires volunteers to do a three hour shift 11am to 2pm or 1pm to 4pm.

Service Description: Your Support Your Choice is a free and friendly support & information service putting people in touch with a wide range of services and community groups. The service aims to assist local people to maintain and improve independence & wellbeing whilst preventing a small problem becoming a crisis
Role Purpose: Help Desk Assistants support the positive delivery of the Your Support Your Choice helpdesk. Working with the Helpdesk Officer you will welcome customers, assist with enquiries and research local services to maintain the community resource database. This role is ideal for those looking for experience in health & social care, working with a wide range of client groups or for those interested in customer service environments.
‘ Welcome customers & partners to the service, being their first point of contact.
‘ Listen to customers, gathering appropriate information of their enquiry
‘ Provide guidance & support to customers on the options available to them
‘ Research enquiries where needed to maintain and update the service database
‘ Seek support from the helpdesk officer as required
‘ Assist with customer follow ups by phone with support from the help desk officer
‘ Follow Your Support Your Choice procedures

About Your Support Your Choice

We provide information to the public and a venue for other organisations to use to give information on their projects.

What are they looking for?

‘ Excellent customer service skills
‘ Approachable and friendly
‘ Good IT skills
‘ Empathy & understanding
‘ Reliable

Library And Information Service (BwD)

Assisting Housebound Customers

Assisting Housebound Customers
  • Library And Information Service (BwD)
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  • Posted

About the opportunity

To collect pre-selected materials from the library.
To deliver items to customers and pick up returns from the last visit.
To provide a stable link with customers, in order to encourage feedback on the service.
To promote the stock and services of Blackburn with Darwen library and information services to residents and relay any requests back to staff at the library, in order to better meet customer needs.
To use their own car and ensure that their car insurance will cover them for their duties outlined above.

About Library And Information Service (BwD)

Provide all residents of Blackburn with Darwen with a range of facilities and achives and a welcoming enviornment within the library and information service.

What are they looking for?

Literacy and numeracy skills
Commitment to equal opportunities
Commitment to ensuring the highest levels of customer care.
Helpful and approachable disposition.
Willing to undertake training.
Current driving licence.

Practical Considerations

Hours to be arranged. A minimum of 1 half day per fortnight.
Deliveries across the borough.

Children’s Services Volunteer

Children's Services Volunteer
  • Blackburn with Darwen Library and Information Service
  • Blackburn, BB2 1AG
  • Posted
  • Places Available

About the opportunity

The LIS children’s team provides a range of activities designed to encourage children and young people to use libraries and to get the most from their facilities. Volunteers play a vital role in supporting this programme by assisting with the preparation of materials, helping to set up and clear away equipment and supporting staff to deliver a range of activities including: homework help, chill out with the Wii, rhyme and story times, craft sessions and book groups.

About Blackburn with Darwen Library and Information Service

Library and Information Service covering Blackburn and Darwen.

What are they looking for?

Friendly, helpful individuals with some IT knowledge or craft skills to encourage children/young people, help with homework and deliver a range of activities.

Practical Considerations

Blackburn Post

Helpful, friendly and with a little IT knowledge and/or craft skills. Likes children, approachable.

  • Ideal for

Citizens Advice Buraeu

Gateway Assessors

Gateway Assessors
  • Citizens Advice Bureau – Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackburn, BB2 1AG
  • Posted
  • Places Available

About the opportunity

Gateway Assessors carry out initial interviews with the clients and help the client to explore their problem and situation.
They will assess the risk/urgency of the clients is issues and their ability to cope with the problem themselves.
They will then help the client identify their next step, which may be making a phone call, filling in a form or writing a letter.
Alternatively they may refer them to other agencies or get help from our own team of
skilled specialists.
Finally the Gateway Assessor will write up the case on the CAB database.

About Citizens Advice Bureau – Blackburn with Darwen

Provide generalist advice to members of the general public.

What are they looking for?

We are looking for people who are confident with other people, have good listening skills and a good manner when talking to others.
They must have a good grasp of English and be able to write up their interviews on
our bespoke database.
Being non judgemental they must open minded and enjoy helping people.
Must be willing to undertake initial and ongoing training.

Benefits of volunteering in this role.
Working for a respected and valued organisation.
Undertaking training and learning new skills.
Helping a wide range of people with many different problems around debt, benefits,
housing, relationships and consumer issues .
Helping people to help themselves.
Meeting new people and making friends.

Practical Considerations

Over 18 only please

  • Ideal for

Volunteer Vacancies with Age UK Blackburn with Darwen for September 2015

Volunteer Vacancies with Age UK Blackburn with Darwen for September 2015


  • Stepping Stones

We need volunteers to befriend and support older people who have recently experienced a traumatic event such as bereavement, long stay in hospital, recovery from an operation etc.  by befriending you can help improve their self confidence and give them the support they need to get back to doing things how they did before the event.

  • Dementia Buddy

We have many older people who like to attend our Ageing Well activities such as bowling, or walking or swimming, but have early onset dementia. We need volunteers to take them to the activity, stay during the participation (or join in themselves) and make sure that person gets home safe and sound.

  • Visiting/befriending

The older people who are on our waiting list for this service are usually frail, disabled, isolated and have many health issues, they are usually unable to get out of the house and the only people they ever see are their carers (paid not family) and health professionals. Volunteers visit and chat to them for a couple of hours a week about life the universe and everything! From Football to knitting, to films to food.

  • Advice & Information (General)

Based in the Library you would give advice to older people on a wide range of topics from benefits, to non residential care, consumer advice and Financial matters (you will be given training)!

  • Advice & Information (Outreach)

Volunteers are needed to go out to people’s homes who cannot get into the library to access the types of advice listed above.

  • Ageing Well – IT support (Outreach)

Visiting their home,  you will teach older people how to use  an iPad, or laptop, then how to Skype, use email and access the internet, even teach them how to use Facebook and Twitter. This is part of a project to combat loneliness and isolation.

  • Inspire & Include

Gain a recognised qualification in sports coaching  by working closely with our Ageing Well Team, from swimming to Scuba Diving, exercising and indoor skydiving, plus many other activities they provide to older people. This is part of a project to encourage older people to become more active to improve their health and wellbeing.

  • Van Collections (shop)

We need a driver who can collect all the bags clothes that are donated to us from local people, but also be able to remove items from the shop to the tip/recycle centre and be able to keep the van in good condition, by ensuring its running well and is MOT’d and serviced regularly,

  • Minibus Driver

A volunteer is needed to drive the minibus as Hopwood Court daycare centre – you would be picking older people up from their homes in the morning and dropping them home in the afternoon, also you would be driving them on days out and to do some activities.

  • Minibus Driver Escort

We want a volunteer who can assist the driver in getting people on and off the vehicle safely, also to assist the driver with anything else that may come up on a journey.

  • Daycare

Every day, up to 40 frail, disabled and lonely older people come to our daycare centre at Hopwood court on Audley range.  They come so they can spend time with people, have a hot nutritious meal, have company, share interests,  watch TV, do crafts,  even to have a bath or a shower. We need volunteers to assist staff with the activities and  help with mealtimes.

  • Living Well – Here to Help Project

We get referrals from medical professionals such as GPs, Hospitals, district nurses for older people. The project aims to reduce the number of hospital admissions for older people by offering our Here to help service. This service needs more “Living Well Volunteers”,  who can support older people in their own home with activities, hobbies, correspondence, appointments etc.

  • Volunteer Support

This role would suit someone who is outgoing, and can chat to people at all levels, you could be supporting our Volunteer Co-ordinator, with some administrative tasks, but you would  also be able to attend events, promote the charity & volunteering, be able to identify where to recruit potential volunteers, and travel all over Blackburn with Darwen. (car use essential)



Go to:


Telephone: Linda Guise Volunteer Co-ordinator 01254 266620