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      Steer your Career – students encouraged to benefit from volunteering

      Action on Hearing Loss is encouraging students and young people to learn new skills and boost their CVs through local volunteering opportunities

      Roles include assisting staff at information stands, delivering talks on hearing health to local groups, supporting hearing aid users and taking part in fundraising events. The charity also offers the opportunity to volunteer on a one off basis, such as helping with the annual Christmas collection in Belfast on Friday 7th December.

      Erin, 23, from Bangor, shares her experience of volunteering with the charity:

      “I absolutely love volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss as a general and fundraising volunteer. I took on the role of Fundraising and Events Intern for about six months where I researched new fundraising events, manned information stands and interacted with the public at a number of volunteer fairs. I also assisted with the Big Christmas collection in Belfast, participated in case studies for campaigns, completed administrative tasks and took part in training courses. I gained so much from this work experience.

      I have made so many new friends, brushed up on my sign language skills and grown in confidence. I am more open about my personal experience of being profoundly deaf and hearing loss in general. You can volunteer as much or as little as you like and the whole team are so lovely to work with!”

      Norma Kelly, Regional Volunteer Manager, said: “Our volunteers are an essential part of Action on Hearing Loss, enabling us to support people with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss in Northern Ireland. In return, we provide accredited training, expenses and recognition through our annual Christmas party and Volunteer Awards. If you are 16 or over, you’d like to learn some new skills and become part of our friendly volunteering community I would encourage you to apply!”

      The deadline for applications is Friday 26th October with induction training taking place in Belfast on Tuesday 13th November and Derry/Londonderry on Friday 16th November. To apply or for more details visit bit.ly/steeryourcareer or contact Norma or Judith at volunteering.ireland@hearingloss.org.uk, 028 9023 9619
      Erin, 23, from Bangor encourages students and young people to consider volunteering
      Erin, 23, from Bangor encourages students and young people to consider volunteering