- Mondays 9.30am- 11.30am at Newington Medical Centre
- Tuesdays 1pm- 3pm, at Orchard Park Health Centre
- Wednesdays 9.30am - 11.30am, at Bransholme Medical Centre
- Fridays 9.30am- 11.30am, at Marfleet Medical Centre.
What will you be doing?
As Hearing Aid Hero, you’ll perform the following tasks:
- undertake basic maintenance on hearing aids such as re-tubing and battery replacement
- sign post other agencies that may be beneficial to the service user, such as the Sensory Impairment Team
- monitor the number of visits carried out and feedback to the volunteer coordinator
- promote the work of Action on Hearing Loss.
Why do we need you?
It can take time for people to get used to hearing aids, understand the different settings and learn how to take care of them. Our Hearing Aid Support volunteers therefore provide a valuable service to people who depend on their hearing aids for day-to-day tasks and social interactions.
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- particularly older people
- some experience of using hearing aids would be preferable but not essential
- friendly, reliable and an approachable manner.
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 the 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 will be required to complete a DBS check (previously CRB), as some of your work may include working with vulnerable adults.
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
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