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      Local Influencing Champions - North England

      We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers, keen to engage with their local health and social care systems to improve services and support for people with hearing loss.

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      Location

      The location for volunteering will usually be your local area, this will be discussed and agreed depending on local needs.

      Time commitment

      A minimum of 4-5 hours per month, including attendance at local events and meetings, where possible. This opportunity requires a minimum commitment of 9 months.

      Tasks

      Below are examples of activities that Local Influencing Champions could undertake:

      •  Liaise regularly with your local Healthwatch (which represents local patients' views on health and social care provision), including attending Healthwatch meetings, to improve their awareness and prioritisation of hearing-related issues
      • Enquire with local Trust and other providers whether they are steering groups or forums you could join to help improve access to services for people with hearing loss
      • Run awareness raising events (eg talks or information stands) on the important of addressing hearing loss and local support available, at local libraries, GP surgeries and with community groups popular with older people
      • Provide information, training or awareness sessions for care home staff and residents on the benefits of identifying and addressing hearing loss and how it can be managed well-including  establishing links between GP practices or the audiology services and the care homes you are visiting
      • Encourage people with hearing loss in the local area to sign up to Action on Hearing Loss's campaign  newsletter and people locally to feed back or complain if they are not finding services accessible
      • Ensure local community services for older people are deaf aware and are accessible for those hearing loss
      • Identifying and contacting relevant local charities and groups supporting people who are deaf, have a hearing loss or tinnitus, to engage with Healthwatch and work on local issues together

      Skills needed

      •  Passionate about raising awareness of hearing-related issues and making change happen
      • An interest in local influencing and campaigning
      • Ability to think strategically, plan and work towards an outcome
      • Confident communicator in writing and verbally, including speaking at public meetings
      • Keen to work with a wide range of people and organisations
      • Ability to slot into a team and keep you updated on your progress and any challenges
      • Ability to work independently on individual tasks
      • Ability to adapt as the role and work develops

      Transport

      Your own transport is not necessary-reasonable travel expenses will be covered

      Support and supervision

      You will initially attend a one-day workshop with other Action on Hearing Loss regional staff and volunteers (end of October/early November), where you will learn about the key national documents, how the health and social care system works, discuss influencing options, and how to plan the monitor activity. You will then input into the development of a regional local influencing plan and think about how you would like to take action.

      After the planned and finalised, you will be supported by Action on Hearing Loss staff to work independently towards clear goals, and you will regularly have the chance to feedback on and discuss your activity, impact and next steps. Support and supervision will be readily available from both a local staff member- either a Regional Information Officer or Community Support Officer - and a member of the Policy and Campaigns team in the London Head Office.

      Disclosure

      You may be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formely CRB)

      What next?

      Thanks for taking the time to read these details. Ready to apply for this role? Excellent!
      Please complete our online application form.  If you have any questions, please give us a call.

      Email: Volunteering@hearingloss.org.uk
      Call:01273 840960