By spending just a couple of hours a week doing something you enjoy, you’ll be helping Action on Hearing Loss to support people here in Somerset and across the UK who are struggling with their condition.
Within the community in Somerset
The role is flexible, depending on the events you’re planning and we don’t want you to ever feel under pressure to do more than you’re comfortable. Typically we would like someone who is able to commit to this role for between two and four hours per week, for a minimum of a year.
We believe that volunteering should be good fun – why use your spare time doing something you don’t enjoy?! So we promise we won’t ask you to do something you’re not interested in, or ask you to do more than you feel comfortable doing.
We have loads of fun volunteering roles available, from organising social events like concerts, coffee mornings or pub quizzes to speaking to schools and social clubs about our work. There’s guaranteed to be a volunteer role that’s right for you.
Here’s what we think could be beneficial:
- Friendly, enthusiastic and desire to make a difference in the lives of people with hearing loss.
- Good organisational skills, be confident talking to the public and happy to approach members of the public.
You may need to be able to travel locally to different places if you would like to extend your volunteering, whether by car or public transport. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed, according to the Action on Hearing Loss Travel and Subsistence Policy.
Support and supervision
We value your time and commitment and want to make sure you are enjoying volunteering with us.
In a recent survey 92% of our volunteers would recommend Action on Hearing Loss as a good place to volunteer.
Regular support will be given by your Regional Communications Officer 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
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
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
You may be required to complete a DBS check (previously CRB), as some of your work may include working with vulnerable adults.
Ready to apply for this role? Excellent!
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