Various community locations within Cambridgeshire
The level of commitment depends entirely on each individual volunteer and you can give as much or as little time as you want to the role- it is up to you.
You choose the amount of time that you can devote to our cause, a few hours or a few days a month and we will be with you, helping and supporting you every step of the way.
Events usually take place during the day, Mon-Fri and occasionally on the weekend.
What will you be doing?
As a Speaker to Community Groups, we would like you to:
- Deliver a variety of talks and presentations, either general talks about our work, or talks on specific subjects tailored to the needs of the group – we will supply all the training, materials and information you need and will be with you until you are confident to deliver them alone.
- Become familiar with the range of our information and local services so you can speak with confidence, giving you all the information you need to answer questions from the audience and distribute information if appropriate.
- You will monitor the number of people at the event and feedback to the volunteer manager so that we can follow-up as necessary.
- Eventually, as your confidence grows, you will look for new groups who may be interested in receiving a talk and join us in regular social meetings with other volunteers to exchange information, discuss our work and ways we can improve.
Why do we need you?
As with all charities, our volunteer teams are quite simply the lifeblood of our organisation. Every day our volunteers- people like you- make a tremendous difference to people’s lives.
We need enthusiastic individuals to join us to spread our message across Cambridgeshire, helping people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose, enabling them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way.
People just like you.
What skills do you need?
Here’s what we think could be beneficial:
- Confidence in speaking to individuals, groups and professionals
- Knowledge of or willingness to learn about issues affecting people with tinnitus or hearing loss
- Friendly, reliable and approachable manner
- Ability to listen to questions and to answer appropriately – making a note of questions for staff to answer if unable to answer in full
- Happy to work with a wide range of people.
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
Your own Volunteer Manager will give regular support 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 will 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