GMFA is a volunteer-led organisation. We use 'Volunteer Leadership' to describe the method by which GMFA volunteers contribute to GMFA and participate in developing its interventions.

GMFA wants gay men to play a central role in the design and delivery of interventions. From the beginning, GMFA has used a model of community mobilisation and peer education. Many things about GMFA have changed, but retaining gay men at the heart of our organisation and our work has not. Each year between 160 and 200 people actively volunteer for us, and our methods of developing projects and our policies are built around being a truly volunteer-led organisation.

Volunteers lead the organisation both by being elected members of the Board of Directors and by contributing to projects as members of the groups who develop projects. All GMFA volunteers have the right to join any group within GMFA. Click here to download a copy of our Volunteer Leadership Policy.

Principles and values:
In addition to our mission, we have a set of principles and values to which all our projects must conform. They are:
  • Interventions should be evidence-based.
  • HIV-prevention interventions must contribute towards the targets set out within Making It Count, the planning framework for HIV health promotion recommended by the Department of Health.
  • A project must not promote the health of one person over another.
  • Health promotion should empower people rather than reduce their choices.
  • Interventions should be of the greatest value to gay men within the resources available.
  • Services should be provided on an equitable rather than equal basis. 
  • Sub-populations of gay men have different levels of need and so our work should attempt to reduce health inequalities amongst gay men.
  • All people, regardless of their HIV status, are entitled to a satisfying sex life.
  • All people, regardless of their sexual behaviour, sexual identity or HIV status, are entitled to the same rights and respect as all other people.