We have hearing aid clinics in various locations across Lincolnshire, currently we are looking for volunteers in the following locations:
• Olsen Court, Olsen Rise, Lincoln LN2 4UZ
• Elizabeth Court, Church Street, Louth, LN11 9BP
• Ancaster Court, The Wong, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 6HG
• Olsen Court - Every 1st Wednesday in the month from 10am – 12pm
• Elizabeth Court - Every 1st Monday in the month from 10am – 12pm
• Ancaster Court - Every other week from 1:30pm - 3:30pm
As Hearing Aid Support Volunteer, you’ll perform the following tasks:
What will you be doing?
• Visit our regular walk-in clinics for hearing aid users
• 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
• Meet with other Action on Hearing Loss volunteers and staff to discuss the project and suggest any improvements.
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.
Why do we need you?
Here’s what we think could be beneficial:
What skills do you need?
• 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
• Friendly, reliable and approachable manner
• Ability to listen to questions and to answer appropriately
• Happy to work with a wide range of people.
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
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:
What training is offered?
• Training in Understanding Hearing Loss
• Volunteers also have the opportunity to attend other training relevant to their role
Our volunteers receive the following benefits:
What will you gain?
• 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.
You will be required to complete a DBS check (previously CRB), as some of your work may include working with vulnerable adults.
Thanks for taking the time to read these details. Ready to apply for this role?
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