Peer Action relies upon volunteers – members who are willing to offer anything from an hour (e.g. to deliver some posters), up to chunks of time to lead a class or arrange a trip.
There is no minimum amount of time and you can start small and get involved as you feel inclined (see FAQ “Frequently Asked Questions” below)
If you have an interest (e.g. particular literature or horticulture) or want a particular social activity (e.g. comedy nights or quizes) we could do with some help
There are many ways to get involved and we try to be as flexible as possible. If you think you might want to do more than just attend – hit contact and lets talk
There are a range of operational ways you might really help: e.g. collect tickets at some event; prepare cakes; proof read some web-copy; organise a print run; drop of fliers; find out the prices of a bus or discounts on offer …. If you have some special skill (e.g. fluent in a language or ability to type web content) or would like to learn one – let us know.
Please get in touch via Contact To find out about a range of Volunteering options with Peer Action.
“Membership” generally requires a few emails – optionally we can arrange to meet you (see below). We will sign you up your monthly email newsletter. Many people start by attending one group or event that interests them. Once you join – we share NO details with any other organisation and will delete you from the list should you move away etc. We take confidentiality very seriously (see FAQ ‘How Secure are my Details’)
New Members: simplest thing, read the website; read the back issues of Newsletters and then get in touch Contact. Many members have never been involved with an HIV group – so we can chat with your first before you ever come to a meeting (perhaps a coffee; perhaps on the phone). We do have occasional ‘new members meetings’ and we can tell you about those if they are soon enough. There is no pressure and no rush, take contact at whatever speed you want. Step-1 : get in touch.
Joining is easy – hit Contact and ask; there is no joining fee. We will ask for a few details. We can sign you up & register for our monthly E-newsletter – which provides details of groups-activities and opportunities (most of this is also on the website).
We discount book and fund raise to ensure our events can be subsidised and kept as affordable as possible. Some events have limited space -even if free-so RSVP and book early. Where our events have charges they are subsidised and you can pay in advance on-line (currently we use PayPal) or at locations specified in the newsletter or email confirmations (e.g. see Therapy Days with on-line booking). Some events are ‘pay on the door’ but RSVP as we do run out of places.
Newsletter(s)We have the monthly e-newsletter and updates on this website; periodically we also produce a magazine. For back issues and more details on the information available-or even to get involved or offer content- see: Newsletters. To sign-up use our contact link – to request a change (e.g. change emails or details) send us a contact (we will need to get some response from the email address impacted to confirm).
Groups can define their own membership and focus (e.g. some meet weekly others monthly); some run 3-month courses and are closed to members except at fixed start points (i.e. to ensure continuity of membership); some are men only groups or age specific. We try to make groups as open and inclusive as possible – but sometimes the cycle rides are for those up for 40miles of hills; some specialist trips may run without a guide; … It is up to the groups to make criteria clear
Volunteering – some people like to get involved by volunteering -note: no pressure and absolutely not a requirement – but we need all kinds of help- see Volunteering in the section above Please get in touch via our contact link to find our about joining Peer Action.