Purpose.  To write engaging articles on sexual health and LGBT+ issues for newsletters, websites and campaign materials.


Description.  Being a journalist and copywriter means turning your creative skills into a publishable piece of work with the help of Body Positive.  You can write on a range of issues for the Cheshire Cheese LGBT+ newsletter, create resources  to engage service users around sexual health and design campaign materials.


Locations and Times.  Projects are negotiable with the Volunteer Lead and may include interviewing service-users and project staff.  The role may take you across Cheshire if you will be attending events and coordinating interviews and focus groups as part of your projects.  Cheshire Cheese newsletters run on two monthly cycles and need to be submitted to the Finance and Administration Officer for publishing; contact chris@bpcnw.co.uk .


Training.  Journalists and copywriters must have a basic knowledge of sexual health, HIV and issues around sexuality diversity.  Volunteers will be given free comprehensive training in these areas by Body Positive.  The opportunity will also include shadowing the community development worker; experience that adds well to any CV.


Checklist.  All of the following criteria must be met for you to be able to take part as a Journalist and Copywriter for Body Positive.  Skills and personal development will be met by Body Positive's volunteer training scheme where appropriate.


Able to maintain clear boundaries and confidentiality


Willing to develop verbal communication skills


Open-minded; not easily shocked or offended


Able to work with people whose values may be different from your own


Confident to approach people and ask questions


Willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check


Completed or willing to attend,

     Volunteer Induction

     HIV and Sexual Health Awareness

     LGBT awareness


Over 18 years of age


Expenses.  Volunteers are able to claim reasonable out of pocket expenses, subject to production of receipts as evidence of expenditure. Process and rates of reimbursement will be covered in the volunteer induction and detailed in the volunteer handbook.






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We are looking for people to help us with:


Community and Support

Befriending; Peer Support; Drivers; Drop-In Support; Positive Role Models


Professional Specialisms

Counselling; Alternative Therapy; Clinic Support


Education & Awareness

Sexual Health Promotion; Community Advocacy; Training; Drop-In; Stands and stalls


Organisational

Trustee; Administration; Fundraising; Events; Publicity and Promotion

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