Here at Deafblind UK our goal is to assist people with combined sight and hearing loss to live the lives they want. Our members are some of the most isolated and lonely people in society and we want to do all we can to change this.
Our team of amazing volunteers make our goal possible!
We’re looking for volunteers to help us reach out to as many people experiencing combined sight and hearing loss as possible. This could be anything from helping us get new members on board, promoting our free services or arranging local events for our members to attend. You would essentially be a friendly face and a link between our staff and our members. We can tailor our volunteering roles to suit your experience and availability.
What is the role of a Community Champion Volunteer?
The Community Champion role can incorporate a great many activities, depending on the skills and interests of the volunteer. For example: to champion and raise awareness of the work of Deafblind UK in your local community, helping to ensure individuals living with dual sensory loss in your area have the opportunity to find out about Deafblind UK’s (free) services. This might involve spending time at a stand in a public place, offering leaflets or advice, or making sure that stocks of our leaflets are always available at key sites in the local area. Alternatively, you may enjoy running local events such as coffee mornings or musical events, where local people can join together in friendship and to hear more about the work of Deafblind UK.
You will be helping to enable individuals living with combined sight and hearing loss in your community to live the life they want by engaging with potential new members or helping to reduce individuals’ isolation and improve their quality of life by being a friendly, local contact acting as a link to Deafblind UK’s staff and services.
Deafblind UK will tailor the role to the strengths and goals of the volunteer while fitting in with the needs of the charity.
As a Community Champion Volunteer, you will:
Establish and build relationships with local people living with combined sight and hearing loss and champion the benefits of becoming a Deafblind UK member
Act as a point of contact and a friendly neighbour for members in your local area and communicate support needs to Deafblind UK staff
Increase the awareness and represent Deafblind UK in fundraising and awareness events in your local area to champion our work and membership offer
Establish and build relationships with local businesses, local government particularly social services, healthcare organisations and other charities
Learn about the free services Deafblind UK offer and promote these within our existing membership and promote to the wider community.
Identify local services and events that may be of benefit to our members.
What times do I need to commit to?
This role requires a reasonable amount of time to support the role (to be agreed with Deafblind UK)
This role would suit someone who …
A member or volunteer who, through their knowledge and experience of living and working in the area, is able to develop relationships with key people in local organisations.
Is patient and friendly personality
Is eager to make a difference in your local community
Willingness to share own personal interests with other members
Experience of fundraising or taking part in funding events
A good communicator
Able to work independently or as a member of a team
Proactive and creative
Aged 18 and over
Who has access to the internet and a device to complete Deafblind UK online volunteer training. This will take approximately 2-3 hours.
Are able to commit to the role for at least three months
What are the benefits to you?
Be part of a friendly and dedicated team
The satisfaction of knowing you will be making a difference to real people’s lives
New communications skills
Give something back to the community
Establishing positive employability skills to help you in your career path
How do we support you?
We ensure all volunteers who join our team are well equipped to undertake any tasks and will provide training and supervision throughout your journey with us. Any specific training will be outlined within your onboarding and induction stages and then discussed at your reviews with your named lead contact.
You may be required to undertake a DBS and Driver Check for this role