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      British Sign Language support volunteer

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      We need volunteers with sign language experience to support our existing volunteers who use BSL.

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      Location

      Our volunteering opportunities take place all over Wales.

      Time

      This role is flexible, no minimum requirement is necessary.

      Tasks

      • Support our volunteers by being present with them during their volunteering and assisting with two-way communication
      • Translate between English and British Sign Language (BSL)
      • Provide social support to the volunteers to ensure that they are not isolated because of their hearing loss
      • Get involved with the service/project you are attending and help towards their goals

      Skills needed

      • Excellent communication skills are necessary and knowledge of how to communicate with people who are Deaf or hard of hearing
      • Ability to sign at BSL level 2 or above (with or without formal qualification)

      Transport

      You will need to be able to travel by yourself to the volunteering location, whether by car or public transport. Expenses incurred will be reimbursed, according to the Action on Hearing Loss Travel and Subsistence Policy.

      Support and supervision

      Support will be available from the Wales volunteering team. You may find yourself working alongside them, with other volunteers or alone.

      Training

      Action on Hearing Loss offers, on-going training for all volunteers including a half day induction and then further training specific to the volunteering role. This may include:
      • Half-day sessions on ‘Manual Handling’, ‘Dealing with the Public’ and ‘Products and Solutions’.
      • Volunteers also have the opportunity to attend other information sessions including those run by the Action on Hearing Loss Regional Communications and Information Office.
      • Please note that we are unable to offer sign language training as part of volunteering.

      Benefits

      What will you gain by becoming a volunteer for Action on Hearing Loss:

      • This is a rewarding role; you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience to support people in their volunteering.
      • Be a part of exciting projects and teams, supporting people with hearing loss.
      • Increase your own understanding and knowledge of BSL by practicing with people who use it as their first language.
      • Meet a broad range of people with a shared interest.
      • Become a volunteer in your local community.

      Disclosure

      You may be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, as some of your work may include working with vulnerable adults.

      To apply

      Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss. If you'd like to apply for this role please complete the online application form.

      For more information please contact the volunteering Team.

      Telephone: 02920 333034 or 07908 226748 (call or SMS) 
      Email: volunteering.cymru@hearingloss.org.uk 
      Post: Volunteering, Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, Anchor Court, Keen Road, Cardiff, CF24 5JW

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