Host Organisation: Action on Hearing Loss

This is a role for a local person who wants to make a tangible impact on local awareness around deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

Opportunity Interests: Older People (60+), People with Disabilities
Type of Activity: Administration, Befriending, Fundraising
Location: Poynton
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday AM, Monday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Friday AM, Friday PM

Our Poynton Volunteer Community Change Agent will be responsible for:

•Spreading awareness amongst young people about the dangers and implications of noise induced hearing loss.
•Ensuring that local businesses practice deaf awareness and sign up to become an Active Listener organisation.
•Plan and organise fundraising and awareness events in the local community.
•Provide monthly status reports to both Action on Hearing Loss’s Community Fundraising Manager and the Poynton Area Community Partnership

-Where?-

Poynton, East Cheshire

-When?-

We expect this role to involve 5-10 hours a week. There is a great deal of flexibility and we can discuss your requirements at the interview stage.

-What will you be doing?-

As Volunteer Community Change Agent, you’ll perform the following tasks:

•School Engagement: the successful VCCA will be tasked with developing a relationship with all the local schools, delivering workshops to school groups about the importance of looking after your hearing and running fundraising/awareness activities with them.

•Local Business Engagement: Deliver awareness workshops to businesses in Poynton to educate staff about ways to communicate effectively with people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, share information about improving accessibility & encourage staff to sign a pledge to be Active Listeners.

•Poster Campaign: Utilitsing Action on Hearing Loss posters they will need to target key organisations in Poynton to put up posters on notice boards and also on their social media platforms.

•Events Management: Host local community events utilising Action on Hearing Loss’s Events Manager course materials with full support from Action on Hearing Loss staff.

-What skills do you need?-

Here’s what we think could be beneficial:

•You will need to be a proactive, organised and dedicated individual who has a keen interest and dedication to the cause.
•You will need to be a confident and engaging public speaker who is a great relationship builder.
•Ideally, you would have experience in a community engagement role, public relations or charity work in the past.
•It would be desirable for you to have a good understanding of social media and technology and/or experience with marketing.

-Why do we need you?-

1 in 2 people who have a hearing loss are likely to also suffer with a mental health issue too, this is often due to the fact that hearing loss can make social interaction challenging which can lead to isolation & loneliness.

East Cheshire is a county with a higher number of older residents. Statistically, older people are more likely to have a hearing loss. This suggests that a significant proportion of people who live and work in Poynton will be affected by these issues.

We also have many young people who live in our community who are at risk of developing hearing loss at a young age because of the noisy environments they find themselves in, it is important that these young people are given the information and tools to be able to protect themselves from developing hearing loss or tinnitus at a young age.

The Community Change Agent is needed to improve public awareness about these issues which will lead to greater understanding, empathy and awareness in Poynton about deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus. We hope that through awareness we can improve the lives of people within our community.

-What support will you get?-

We value your time and commitment and want to make sure you are enjoying volunteering with us. Full training and support will be offered by Action on Hearing Loss, although they should be aware that they may be managed from a distance as the Senior Community Fundraising Manager is based in Bristol and will only be able to make occasional trips to the North West to meet with the volunteer.

In a recent survey, 92% of our volunteers would recommend Action on Hearing Loss as a good place to volunteer!

-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:

•Events Management Couse (this can lead to a level 2 accreditation in Events Management upon successful completion of an event that raises £500 or above)
•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

-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.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: No
Skills and Qualifications Required:

Here’s what we think could be beneficial:

•You will need to be a proactive, organised and dedicated individual who has a keen interest and dedication to the cause.
•You will need to be a confident and engaging public speaker who is a great relationship builder.
•Ideally, you would have experience in a community engagement role, public relations or charity work in the past.
•It would be desirable for you to have a good understanding of social media and technology and/or experience with marketing.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

All reasonable expenses incurred as a result of your volunteering will be reimbursed according to the Action on Hearing Loss expenses policy

What support is available for the volunteer?:

We value your time and commitment and want to make sure you are enjoying volunteering with us. Full training and support will be offered by Action on Hearing Loss, although they should be aware that they may be managed from a distance as the Senior Community Fundraising Manager is based in Bristol and will only be able to make occasional trips to the North West to meet with the volunteer.

In a recent survey, 92% of our volunteers would recommend Action on Hearing Loss as a good place to volunteer!

What training is available for the volunteer?:

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:

•Events Management Couse (this can lead to a level 2 accreditation in Events Management upon successful completion of an event that raises £500 or above)
•Training in Understanding Hearing Loss
•Volunteers also have the opportunity to attend other training relevant to their role