Brighton and Hove

Voluntary

RG - TIN - BTN - 22/12/2017

About the organisation

Action On Hearing Loss

In 1911 Leo Bonn, inspired by his personal experience of deafness, founded the organisation t... Read more

Job Description

Collection tins (like the ones you see at the tills in shops) raise valuable funds, reaching members of the public who may not donate through other methods. Help us improve the lives of people with hearing loss in the UK by organising collection tins in your local community.

Where?
Brighton and Hove

When?
The role is flexible, and we don’t want you to ever feel under pressure to do more than you’re comfortable. Typically we would like someone who is able to commit to this role for between two and four hours per week. The amount of time you spend depends on how large an area you’d like to cover.

What will you be doing?
As Change for Change Volunteer, you will perform the following tasks:

  • Liaising with shops, businesses and offices in your area to ask them to keep an Action on Hearing Loss collection tin in a prominent place.
  • Collecting full tins and supplying new ones.
  • Counting and banking the collected money and recording it accurately, and completing simple reports so we can keep track of how they’re doing.
  • Ordering collection tins and buckets and replacing old/damaged tins with new ones.
  • Informally discussing other ways the business may support our work (for example, if one of their employees wants to run a marathon for us) and passing leads to us.

Why do we need you?
Collection tins (like the ones you see at the tills in shops) raise valuable funds, reaching members of the public who may not donate through a direct debit or other methods. They are also excellent publicity for Action on Hearing Loss, allowing our logo to be displayed prominently in places where people are already using cash.

Volunteers who take responsibility for these collection tins are providing a vital service to ensure our brand is prominent in these places, as well as helping us transfer the collected funds to our work in your community and across the UK.

What skills do you need?
Here’s what we think could be beneficial:

  • Above all, an enthusiasm and interest for Action on Hearing Loss' work. 1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by hearing loss, so there will be lots of people in your local community who understand how hard it can be to face hearing loss, and empathise with the people we help.
  • Knowledge of your local area and ideally a good network of contacts in your area.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.

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 said they 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?
You’ll receive the following benefits when you volunteer for Action on Hearing Loss:

  • 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

Transport
You may need to be able to travel locally to different places if you would like to extend your volunteering, whether by car or public transport. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed, according to the Action on Hearing Loss Travel and Subsistence Policy.

What next?
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