Opportunity is available Monday to Friday, between 10am and 4pm.
The amount of time you commit is up to you, but ideally we’re looking for someone who can volunteer at least once a week.
What will you be doing?
As Woodwork Coordinator support you’ll perform the following tasks:
- Attend our regular woodwork workshops for adults who are deaf, have hearing loss or dual-sensory loss and additional needs.
- Support people to learn basic woodwork skills.
- Support people to use woodwork machinery, such as Lathe etc …
- Assist with other EDS projects and events, if you wish.
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 workshop leader to support people that have a wide range of ability in practical skills and communication.
EDS supports more than 80 people over the course of one week and we create individual packages that reflect their aspirations, needs and life. Woodwork is just one of the activities our service offers. Others include ceramics, craft, art, music, drama and key skills, etc.
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
• 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.
You will be required to complete a DBS check (previously CRB), as your work will 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