Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Ryde, Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
Job description

Help out at regular social coffee mornings for adults affected by sensory loss in your local community. Our Hear to Meet social groups offer invaluable support, friendship and social interaction to people who may have become isolated by their sensory loss. 


Coffee Mornings are held in Bembridge, Freshwater, Newport and Ryde


A regular monthly commitment is required; actual times and days to be agreed.

What will you be doing?

As Social Group Volunteer, you’ll perform the following tasks:

• Attend regular Hear to Meet coffee mornings in your community
• Listen, chat and engage with group members and their friends and family
• Communicate appropriately with those who have a Sensory Loss
• Prepare and set up before the event, and serve drinks to attendees
• Promote the Coffee Morning in the local area
• Provide support and information about Action on Hearing Loss’ Sensory Service
• Follow Action on Hearing Loss policies and regulations
• Complete necessary paperwork and return it to your volunteer manager

Why do we need you?

Not everyone realises the impact that sensory loss can have on your social life. Our Hear to Meet coffee mornings make a huge difference to people who may have become isolated. We depend on our fantastic volunteers to help us run this important service.

What skills do you need?

Here’s what we think could be beneficial:
• Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, issues affecting people with a sensory loss
• A genuine interest in working for charities
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
• A positive and flexible approach to working as part of a team and with other volunteers
• Willingness to attend a regular Coffee Morning
• Ability to operate in an organized and reliable manner
• Reliable, trustworthy and honest

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 90% 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
• Opportunity to try other volunteering roles locally with Action on Hearing if available


All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed, according to the Action on Hearing Loss Travel and Subsistence Policy.


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

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Posted on: 14 August 2019
Closed date: 15 September 2019
Tags: Social Work

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