Hull-Hearing Aid Support Volunteer

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Hull-Hearing Aid Support Volunteer

Hear to Help need Volunteers to provide support and advice to NHS hearing aid users at our local Hear to Help drop-in clinics.

All Hear to Help clinics take place Monday- Friday, during the day, and we ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of 3 hours a month.

As Hearing Aid Support Volunteer, you’ll perform the following tasks:

  • Visit service users within their homes, residential/day care centres and walk-in clinics
  • Undertake basic maintenance on hearing aids such as re-tubing and battery replacement.
  • Sign post other agencies that may be beneficial to the service user, such as the Sensory Impairment Team
  • Monitor the number of visits carried out and feedback to the volunteer coordinator
  • Promote the work of Action on Hearing Loss

It can take time for people to get used to hearing aids, understand the different settings and learn how to take care of them. Our Hearing Aid Support volunteers therefore provide a valuable service to people who depend on their hearing aids for day-to-day tasks and social interactions.

What skills do you need?:

Knowledge of or willingness to learn about issues affecting people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss- particularly older people

  • Some experience of using hearing aids would be preferable.
  • Friendly, reliable and an approachable manner.
  • Ability to listen to questions and to answer appropriately.
  • Happy to work with a wide range of people.

What support will you get?

We value your time and commitment and want to make sure you are enjoying volunteering with us.

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.

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 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.

Disclosure:

You will be required to complete a DBS check (previously CRB), as some of your work may include working with vulnerable adults.

Please find below a short video clip of our Hear to Help Clinics in Wales

https://youtu.be/LgIroadwXis?list=PLHHqrE2sdNEK1BJvLeR_qM7seihWTk1dU

If you think this role is perfect for you, and you can make a positive contribution to our service users then please contact Emma Butterfield on the information below

Emma Butterfield
Community Support Officer
Audiology Entrance 3
Castle Hill Hospital
Castle Road
Cottingham
HU16 5JQ
Emma.butterfield@hearingloss.org.uk
01482 841969
07435753193