London – Clapham area, Queens Park
Surrey – Epsom
Sussex – Brighton and Hove
From Monday – Sunday. Flexible hours.
Ideally we are looking for someone to commit a minimum of 1 day or two half-days a week. However, we can be flexible with days and hours.
What will you be doing?
As Activities Support Volunteer, you’ll perform a range of exciting tasks, including some of the following:
- Activities with individuals or groups supported by Action on Hearing Loss, in one of our locations in Brighton, Epsom or London.
- Supporting people with cooking, including assisting them to make cakes, soups etc.
- Gardening with the people we support.
- Going to the cinema with an individual or a group.
- Doing all things Elvis with a person we support in Hove!
- Going to events with a person we support in London who is a keen Manchester united fan!
- Develop with the people we support at our Clapham Deaf club!
- To operate within the person centred planning ethos of the services, which encourages individual choices for personal development, lifestyle, social and educational skills.
Why do we need you?
Do you want to be part of a team that provides support to people who are Deaf and have additional complex needs and abilities? Our wide range of services includes a registered care home, outreach services and even our Deaf club in London. We would like you to be part of the team to help the people we support achieve their dreams, hopes and aspirations. We welcome applicants who are trained in BSL/ native BSL users or studying towards the qualification.
What skills do you need?
Here’s what we think could be beneficial:
- Awareness and knowledge of diversity and human rights.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
- Preferably, at least Level 1 British Sign Language skills and knowledge or experience.
- A positive and flexible approach to working with people.
- Knowledge of or willingness to learn about issues facing people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who have learning difficulties and/or mental health support needs.
- To be reliable, trustworthy and honest.
What support will you get?
We value your time and commitment and want to make sure you are enjoying volunteering with us.
In a recent survey 90% of our volunteers would recommend Action on Hearing Loss as a good place to volunteer
Regular support will be given by your own Volunteer Manager especially in the early stages of your role as you settle in. You will also receive informal support from other Action on Hearing Loss volunteers and staff as you work together.
Here’s what our volunteers say:
“I enjoy meeting people and helping them with their queries. Hearing loss can cause frustration and isolation, leading to loss of confidence. If I’m able to improve someone’s quality of life by sharing information or raising awareness of how others can help, then that’s very satisfying.” RB
What training is offered?
Action on Hearing Loss offers full, on-going training for all volunteers including an induction programme and further training specific to the volunteering role. This may include:
- Training in Understanding Hearing Loss
- Volunteers also have the opportunity to attend other training relevant to their role
What will you gain?
Our volunteers receive the following benefits:
- Training – learning new skills, and gaining up-to-date knowledge of issues affecting people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss
- Experience – meeting new people in different situations, building new friendships with other Action on Hearing Loss volunteers
- Fulfilment– knowing that the time you provide will make a real difference to the people we support, and raising deaf awareness throughout society as a whole
- Expenses – all reasonable expenses incurred as a result of your volunteering will be reimbursed according to the Action on Hearing Loss expenses policy
- Opportunity to try other volunteering roles locally with Action on Hearing if available
You may need to be able to travel locally, whether by car or public transport. All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed, according to the Action on Hearing Loss Travel and Subsistence Policy.
You will be required to complete a DBS check (previously CRB), as some of your work may include working with vulnerable adults.
Thanks for taking the time to read these details. Ready to apply for this role?
Please complete our online application form or, if you are interested and would like an informal chat, please get in touch with us. We would be delighted to hear from you.
Call: 01273 840960