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      Passion in Action – Meet the volunteer helping people with hearing loss to connect

      Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) is all about recognising the outstanding dedication, enthusiasm, energy and compassion of our volunteers across the UK, and showing our gratitude for all that they do.

      By: Sara Peskett | 04 June 2018

      Each year, we celebrate the massive difference that our volunteers make to the lives of people across the UK through our Volunteer Awards. This year we received a staggering 90 nominations, highlighting the exceptional and inspiring work of volunteers providing invaluable services in the community.

      Read about all of our National and country/regional winners in Volunteer Focus 2018 (PDF).

      Spotlight on: James Emly, Passion in Action Winner, South East England


      James has all the necessary qualities of a true Passion in Action Awards winner: positive energy and a healthy ambition for our work, passion for the cause, and conviction in going the extra mile.

      James leads a monthly information stand at Croydon Central Library, and is an active member of the steering group for the Hear to Inform and Connect project. With personal experience of hearing loss, James understands many of the difficulties that it can present, and his empathy comes across in all he does.

      James' professional yet approachable manner, and his drive to constantly develop his role, makes him the perfect ambassador to spread the word about the work we do. He understands the importance of getting the right information and guidance to address hearing loss sooner rather than later, and, having recently mastered the hearing check device is now able to help people with undiagnosed hearing loss to take action. His next ambition is to 'get active' raising awareness by delivering talks to local community groups.

      Megan Gibbs, Regional Information Coordinator, said: "James understands that everyone with hearing loss is different. He maintains high standards and knows where to further signpost a service user if necessary."

      The Hear to Inform and Connect project provides James with the perfect opportunity to support others and to develop his skills and knowledge about hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus. The Hear to Inform and Connect project is funded by the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund. This exciting project is enabling the expansion of Action on Hearing Loss’ face-to-face information services for older people with hearing loss in Scotland, Northern Ireland, London and South East England. 

      We are looking for more volunteers to get involved with this service so if you would like to join our fantastic team of volunteers along with James please contact us to find out more. 

      Thank you James for everything you do!

      Volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss


      There are lots of ways you can volunteer with us, and the time you give really does make a difference. Please have a look at our current volunteering opportunities in your local area.

      Volunteer James Emly
      Volunteer James Emly

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