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      Deaf awareness for young people volunteer - Northern Ireland

      Raise awareness among children and young people about hearing loss and promote empathy, inclusion and respect of people who are deaf, have a hearing loss and/or tinnitus.

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      The sessions also encourage children to look after their hearing. For younger children we use finger puppets and tell stories and with older children we teach basic sign language skills and focus on how the ear works.

      We work with schools and youth groups right across Northern Ireland. Youth groups typically run after school or in the evenings whilst for schools we run the sessions during class time. Sessions usually last no more than an hour.


      • To deliver presentations for groups of children aged 3-16 in their school or youth group setting, usually there will be at least two volunteers delivering the session
      • To become familiar with the range of Action on Hearing Loss information and services

      Skills needed

      • Confidence in speaking to individuals
      • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing people;
      • Friendly, reliable, approachable and enthusiastic;
      • Ability to listen to questions and to answer appropriately;
      • Happy to work with a wide range of people.

      Support and supervision

      Regular support will be given by your Volunteer Co-Ordinator, 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 as you work together.



      Action on Hearing Loss NI offers full, on-going training for all volunteers including a one-day induction programme with optional OCN qualification. In addition there is a half day training on the DAY project and its presentation materials when you start your role.


      Benefits of volunteering

      • Training – learning new skills, and gaining up-to-date knowledge of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing people;
      • Experience – meeting new people in different situations, building new friendships with other Action on Hearing Loss volunteers;
      • Fulfilment – knowing that the information you provide will make a real difference to those who receive it, and raising deaf awareness throughout society as a whole;
      • Expenses – all 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 within Action on Hearing Loss.

      What next?

      Thank you for showing an interest in volunteering with Action on Hearing Loss. If you are interested in becoming an Administration Volunteer, please complete a volunteer application form, or contact one of the following if you have any questions:

      Regional Volunteer Manager
      Action on Hearing Loss NI
      Harvester House
      4 – 8 Adelaide Street
      BT2 8GE 
      Tel/text: 028 90239619
      Fax: 028 90312032
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