When?This role is flexible, no minimum requirement is necessary. Shift times will be Monday to Friday, during normal office hours.
What will you be doing?
- support our volunteers by being present with them during their volunteering and assisting with two-way communication
- translate between English and British Sign Language (BSL)
- provide social support to the volunteers to ensure that they are not isolated because they are Deaf
- get involved with the service/project you are attending and help towards their goals
Why do we need you?We need you to support a volunteer who is Deaf, helping them to make the most out of their experience volunteering.
What skills do you need?
Here’s what we think could be beneficial:
- excellent communication skills are necessary and knowledge of how to communicate with people who are Deaf or hard of hearing
- ability to sign at BSL level 4 or above (with or without formal qualification).
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!
Regular support will be given by your own Volunteer Manager 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
- 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 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.
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.
Call: 01273 840960