Where?At your University
When?Typically we would like someone to be able to commit to 2 days a week; however we can be flexible with days and hours.
What will you be doing?As Research Assistant Volunteer, you’ll perform the following tasks:
• Researching existing groups and events within the university which support awareness-raising activities
• Meeting with key stakeholders, including groups and course leaders, which support the work of charities, and explore ways to integrate the Action on Hearing Loss cause into existing activities and events
• Reviewing and updating Action on Hearing Loss resources and materials aimed at engaging students in our work
• Devising new and creative ways to increase awareness of the work of Action on Hearing Loss within the student population
• Delivering talks to the student body about deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus, and how fundraising can help in achieving the charity’s vision of a world where deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss do not limit or label people, and where people value their hearing
• Taking part in and organising University events where the hearing loss prevention message can be delivered to students
• Recruiting a team of volunteer students to facilitate activities, and arrange fundraising events
• Creating a mailing list and producing communications to update volunteers with the latest news and upcoming events
• Recognising and thanking volunteers for their commitment to supporting Action on Hearing Loss
• Producing a report detailing your activities, key stakeholders, regular events and promotion opportunities, and evaluating the impact of the project
• Providing support to the team with other tasks where requested
Why do we need you?The Volunteering Development Team recruits volunteers from across the UK to support the wide-ranging work of Action on Hearing Loss. We are looking to recruit Research Assistant Volunteers to help us to engage new audiences, specifically the student population, and extend the reach of our work.
What skills do you need?Here’s what we think could be beneficial:
• Excellent attention to detail and a systematic approach
• An ability to organise your work and work on your own initiative
• Confident communication skills
• Strong research skills
• Ability to use basic PC applications (including Internet, Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook)
• Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, issues affecting people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss
• A genuine interest in working for charities
• An interest in fundraising
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 90% of our volunteers would recommend Action on Hearing Loss as a good place to volunteer.
Regular support will be given by the Volunteer Engagement Manager by telephone or skype, especially in the early stages of your role as you settle in. You will also receive informal support from other Action on Hearing Loss staff, including the Community Fundraising Team, and volunteers as you work together.
What training is offered?Action on Hearing Loss offers an induction for all new volunteers.
• Accreditation is available 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
TransportYou may need 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?
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