Become part of our vibrant, welcoming and inclusive LGBT community in York and surrounding environs and make a meaningful difference. We are looking for a couple of Trustees to join the board.

In 2006 York LGBT Forum was formed by a small group of passionate individuals seeking to raise visibility of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other individuals marginalised due to sexuality and/or gender identity (“LGBT”).

Since 2006, York LGBT Forum has provided support to our local LGBT community at a grassroots level. We registered as a charity in 2015 and have worked hard to develop exciting and necessary projects, often working collaboratively with other organisations in the city of York.

We have a mission to create welcoming, safe spaces for those who access our services together with establishing social opportunities for LGBT individuals across North Yorkshire.

We understand that despite significant progress, life can still be hard for LGBT individuals. Our core projects focus on outreach across all sectors of our vibrant and diverse LGBT community, taking an intersectional approach to LGBT life, finding common ground but appreciating no individual experiences are the same.

For nearly a decade we have worked determinedly at the heart of our local community to deliver a lively and diverse range of core projects, generously supported by funders, member donations and fundraising initiatives. Those past and current projects include our educational series ‘Free to Be Me in Care’ and ‘Free to Be Me in the Workplace’, a ‘Books for Schools’ project, multifaith events, coffee socials, confidence workshops, specific projects to support transgender individuals, establishing an LGBT choir and other collaborative projects, such as the development of a Human Rights Garden in the city of York.

With new members regularly joining us, we are keen to explore the possibility of new projects to accompany our existing offerings. We are recruiting for a number of voluntary positions to join our Board of Trustees to help shape our work now and in the future.

There are a number of skills that we don’t currently have on our Board, so you might be able to support us if you have one of the following skills: accountancy, fundraising expertise, digital engagement and communications.

We want to ensure that our Board better reflects the diversity of those who belong to the LGBT communities that we support and so we particularly welcome interest and applications from those with lived experience of communities such as women, Black, Asian and Ethnic minorities and disabled people.

This could be your first Trustee role, or you could already have some experience as a Trustee. We have a full trustee induction process. You will have the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge of the charity sector through participating in the work of our Board committee. You can attend meetings in person or virtually and a more detailed breakdown of time commitment is detailed in the Trustee Role Description

Trustee positions are unpaid, but we don’t expect trustees to be out of pocket for carrying out their role, so expenses are paid.

If you are interested in applying please send a cover letter and a copy of your CV to jake.furby@yorklgbtforum.org. You can find out more detail about York LGBT Forum on our website www.yorklgbtforum.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 23:55 on 31st January 2024.
Interview date:  Monday 12th February

We would also like to offer you an opportunity to have an informal conversation with one of our current trustees and/or to attend an informal gathering of trustees to find out more about the role. If you wish to do so, please send any enquiries to jake.furby@yorklgbtforum.org


If you’re thinking about volunteering with us, we’d like to take this time to thank you! We are a volunteer-run organisation and couldn’t continue to do the work we do without people like you. We are often looking for more members to join our team in a variety of positions. If there are any areas of our work that interest you then email us. Also check the list of Subgroup Co-ordinator roles below and if you’ve found something which fits you then email at yorklgbtforum@gmail.com



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  1. To promote equality and diversity for the public benefit by:
  • The elimination of discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning people (LGBT) and allies and associates living within the city of York and its environs;
  • Challenging homophobia, biphobia, transphobia or any associated negative attitudes and behaviour within society;
  • Working with partners and organisations, public and private, in developing initiatives that will enhance and safeguard LGBT people’s lives, ensuring their inclusion in all aspects of life, and that their human rights are promoted; and by
  • Advancing education, raising awareness and promoting a culture based on equality and diversity.
  1. To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning people (LGBT) and allies and associates from being socially excluded from society on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, relieving the needs of such people; and
  2. To further any other purpose which is charitable according to the law of England and Wales for the public benefit as the trustees see fit from time to time.