Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Switchboard. The application should take about 20 minutes to complete and cannot be saved partway through.
Let's begin...
In what way would you like to support Switchboard? *

To find out more about these options please refer to the Volunteering FAQ before proceeding with your application.

First name *

Surname *

Contact Number *

What's your address?

Please be aware that volunteers must be able to travel to North London on a regular basis.
Street address *

City/County *

Post Code *

Before you take the time to complete the entire application, we just want to double-check that you are definitely able to travel to North London on a regular basis. *

What is your date of birth? *

Remember, you must be over 18 to be a helpline volunteer with Switchboard.
How would you describe your sexual orientation? *

Gender *

Is your gender the same as the gender you were assigned at birth?

Which pronouns do you use to describe yourself? *

e.g - he/she/they
Do you consider yourself to have a disability?

Do you have any access requirements? *

We try to ensure that our facilities are accessible to everyone. The Switchboard building and facilities are wheelchair accessible. Please write in the following space details of any additional requirements you may have, such as coloured paper, large print, Braille, provisions for a personal assistant, etc. and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Have you volunteered with Switchboard before? *

Glad to see you back, {{answer_9552086}}! Roughly when was this?

Where did you hear about this volunteering opportunity?

We are particularly short of volunteers with weekday daytime availability.
Do you have ongoing availability on one or more weekday daytimes? *

Okay, that's all the basics. Now we'd like to ask you some questions that'll require a little more thought. Ready?

We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of 18 hours each quarter. Why do you think this is important to Switchboard?  *

Maximum 400 characters
Please give an example of when you've committed your time and energy to something. *

e.g. - a project, assignment or personal endeavour.
Our volunteers are non-directive and non-judgemental. This means that we don't tell a caller what to do but will listen and help them make decisions for themselves. 

What do you understand about this approach? *

Maximum 400 characters
When handling a call, volunteers try to limit referring to or talking about their own life experiences. Why do you think this is? *

Maximum 400 characters
We try to raise sexual health in every call. Why do you think this is important? *

Maximum 400 characters
Tell us what you understand about the importance of diversity. *

Maximum 400 characters
All calls to our helpline are completely confidential. Why do you think this is vitally important to both our callers and volunteers? *

Maximum 400 characters
Please tell us more about why you have chose to apply for the role of Support Volunteer?

I certify that the information given on this form is correct to the best of my knowledge.

I understand that Switchboard is an equal opportunities and equal access organisation and has established diversity as a key value to ensure its diversity reflects the diversity of the LGBT+ communities. Through my actions as a volunteer I will embrace this ethos.

I understand that the information I supply on this form will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 to administer my application to join Switchboard and will become part of my volunteer record if I am accepted for training. *

How have you found using this form to complete your application?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Switchboard.

Unfortunately, all volunteers must be over 18. We love that you're eager, but we won't be able to accept an application from you at this time.

We hope to hear from you again when the time comes!

Thank you for your application - we will be in touch shortly.