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      Speaker to community groups - South West

      Deliver talks to community groups with the aim of increasing understanding of hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus, raising awareness of our work and encouraging people to get involved

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      Location

      In and around: Bristol, Bath, Somerset

      Please specify in your application which area you would prefer.

      Tasks

      • deliver a variety of talks, either general talks about our work, or talks on specific subjects tailored to the needs of the group (materials and information will be provided)
      • become familiar with the range of our information and local services
      • answer questions from the audience and distribute information if appropriate
      • monitor the number of people at the talk and feedback to the Fundraising Manager
      • eventually seek out new groups interested in receiving a talk
      • promote our work
      • meet with other volunteers to discuss your work and suggest any improvements

      The level of commitment depends entirely on each individual volunteer and you can give as much or as little time as you want to this role.

      Skills needed

      • confidence in speaking to individuals, groups and professionals
      • knowledge of or willingness to learn about issues affecting people with a 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.

      Transport

      You'll need to be able to travel locally to different places to give talks, whether by car or public transport. Expenses will be reimbursed, according to our Travel and subsistence policy.

      Support and supervision

      Regular support will be given by your Volunteer Co-ordinator, especially in the early stages of your role as you settle in. You will also receive informal support from other volunteers as you work together and attend each other's talks.

      Training

      We offer full, on-going training for all volunteers including a one-day induction programme and further training specific to the volunteering role. This may include half-day sessions on public speaking, manual handling, dealing with the public, and equipment.

      Benefits

      • training – learning new skills, and gaining up-to-date knowledge of issues affecting people who are deaf, have a hearing loss or tinnitus.
      • experience – meeting new people in different situations, building new friendships with other volunteers.
      • fulfilment – knowing that the information you provide will make a real difference to those who receive it, and raising deaf awareness throughout society as a whole.
      • expenses – all expenses incurred as a result of your volunteering will be reimbursed, according to our Expenses policy.
      • opportunity to try other volunteering roles within the organisation.
      • gain direct hands-on experience of providing information to promote the work we do to help the 10 million people with hearing loss in the UK and knowing that your efforts will make a real difference.

      What next?

      To register your interest please complete an online application form or if you have any questions about the role please email volunteering@hearingloss.org.uk

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