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      Woodwork Support Volunteer - Bath

      You will be part of the Educational Day Service (EDS), offering occupational, educational and work-focused opportunities for adults who are deaf, hard of hearing or with dual-sensory loss and additional needs living in and around Bath and the South West. EDS supports more than 80 people over the course of one week and we create individual packages that reflect their aspirations, needs and life.

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      This role is based in our Bath workshop supporting in the area of woodwork, but you will be fully involved with team projects in other areas of the service and in the community.

      Where?

      Bath.

      When?

      Week days (between 10am and 4pm). Opportunity Monday to Friday, all or any day(s).

      What will you be doing?

      As Woodwork Coordinator support you’ll perform the following tasks:

      • support people to learn basic woodwork skills
      • support people to use hand tools
      • support people to use woodwork machinery, such as Lathe, etc.

      Why do we need you?

      Our service and the people we support need help to develop skills and independence in the area of woodwork, social interaction and communication. You would be working with our woodwork Coordinator to support people that have a wide range of ability in practical skills and communication. Woodwork is one of the activities our service offers, others are ceramics, craft, art, music, drama, key skills.

      What skills do you need?

      Here’s what we think could be beneficial:

      • basic woodwork skills
      • good interpersonal skills
      • willingness to learn British Sign Language
      • genuine interest in this field of work.

      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:

      • 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 Loss if available.

      Transport

      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.

      What next?

      Thanks for taking the time to read these details.  Ready to apply for this role?  Excellent! 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.

      Email: volunteering@hearingloss.org.uk
      Call: 01273 840960

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