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      Befriender Volunteer - Bath

      Provide support on a regular basis to someone who may have become isolated by deafness, tinnitus or hearing loss. Visit the people in their home, offering friendship, support and social independence.

      Where?

      Bath

      When?

      Various Hours/Days, including weekends

      What will you be doing?

      As Volunteer Befriender, you’ll perform the following tasks:

      • Visit the people in their homes
      • Spend an hour or two of your time with the people providing communication support
      • Direct the people to other services that they may be interested in or entitled to
      • Promote the work of Action on Hearing Loss
      • Follow Action on Hearing Loss policies and regulations
      • Complete any necessary paperwork.

      What skills do you need?

      Here’s what we think could be beneficial:

      • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, issues affecting people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss
      • A genuine interest in working for charities
      • A friendly and approachable manner
      • A sensitive attitude towards other people
      • A positive and flexible approach to working as part of a team and with other volunteers
      • Reliable, trustworthy and honest
      • Open-minded and non-judgmental

      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, 92% of our volunteers would recommend Action on Hearing Loss as a good place to volunteer

      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 polic
      • Opportunity to try other volunteering roles locally with Action on Hearing if available


      Transport

      You may 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.

      Disclosure

      You will be required to complete a DBS check (previously CRB), as your work will include working with vulnerable adults.

      What next?

      Thanks for taking the time to read these details.  Ready to apply for this role? 

      Excellent!

      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.

      Email: Volunteering@hearingloss.org.uk

      Call: 01273 840960