We are primarily looking for volunteers in the following locations:
- South Hampshire
However, please do get in touch if you are interested and live elsewhere. We will try our best to make arrangements to support your volunteering in your local community.
The role is flexible, depending on the event or events you’re planning, although for full accreditation we estimate you will need to dedicate at least 30 hours in total to complete the project. The amount of time you spend depends on your ambition, and whether you’re planning a one off event or a series of events.
What will you be doing?
- As Volunteer Speaker you'll have responsibility for hosting workshops for community groups, businesses and schools.
- You'll work with your Community Fundraising Manager to book events in your community & deliver engaging workshops to them.
- You will get full support and training so you feel confident to deliver our workshops.
Why do we need you?
Hearing loss can be a life changing condition that can lead to loneliness and feelings of exclusion, we need more people to be aware of the impact hearing loss can have on a person and the small steps the wider public can take to make the 1 in 6 of us with a hearing loss feel more included in society.
We need you to help us spread our message by delivering workshops to schools, businesses and community groups to help them understand the importance of inclusion for those who are deaf, have a hearing loss or tinnitus.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for people who are passionate about promoting inclusion for people who are deaf, have a hearing loss or tinnitus. You’ll be an engaging, confident and dynamic speaker with good links to your local community.
What skills do you need?
- Good communicator – confident in giving talks
- Able to use local networks and build contacts to arrange talks
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:
- Open College Network Level 2 course in Events Management
- 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
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.
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