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      Community Engagement Speaker - England

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      Deliver talks to community groups such as rotary clubs, faith groups, schools and bossiness with the aim of increasing understanding of hearing loss, tinnitus and deafness. Raising awareness of Action on Hearing Loss’s work in the community, and motivating groups to fundraise.

      Where?

      We are currently looking for volunteers in your community.

      When?

      This role is flexible – the amount of time you commit is up to you! Most talks will take place Monday-Friday, and only occasionally on the weekend.

      What will you be doing?

      As Community Engagement Speaker, you’ll perform the following tasks:

      • deliver talks, suitably tailored to the needs of local groups (materials and information will be provided)
      • become familiar with the range of Action on Hearing Loss services
      • answer questions from the audience and distribute information if appropriate
      • make a note of questions for Action on Hearing Loss staff to answer if you are unable to answer fully
      • monitor the number of people at the talk and feedback to the co-ordinator
      • seek out new groups interested in receiving a talk
      • promote the work of Action on Hearing Loss
      • meet with other Action on Hearing Loss volunteers and staff to discuss the project and suggest any improvements.

      Why do we need you?

      Delivering talks in your local community is a valuable asset in helping us to raise understanding and awareness of hearing loss. Your talks will help us to reach even more of the 11 million people affected by hearing loss.

      What skills do you need?

      Here’s what we think could be beneficial:

      • Above all, an enthusiasm and interest for Action on Hearing Loss' work. 1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by hearing loss, so there will be lots of people in your local community who understand how hard it can be to face hearing loss, and empathise with the people we help.
      • Knowledge of your local area and ideally a good network of contacts in your area.
      • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.

      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

      •  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 policy

      • 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.

      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

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