Befriending is one of our most important and requested roles. Befrienders support deaf and hard of hearing people who need extra support in their lives. Befriending someone is one of the most rewarding roles and is also a very flexible way to volunteer, because visits and outings can be arranged to suit both parties.
Helping at events and social groups
Volunteers help promote and represent Deaf Direct at events – these are wonderful opportunities to meet new people and raise awareness of issues facing the deaf and hard of hearing communities. Volunteers also help to run coffee morning groups for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Spreading the word
Deaf Direct need volunteers to help distribute materials around your local community. We will supply the materials for you to give to your local surgeries, churches, libraries and community centres. Other roles include admin office support, training support, communication support, signing carols at Christmas and many other new opportunities coming up all the time.
Finding the right volunteer role for you
Once you have gone through the application process, you will receive a list of volunteer opportunities. If you see a role which interests you, contact us to find out more information.
There are many ways to volunteer with Deaf Direct. We have roles to suit anyone and they all make a difference to us. We are flexible and will help you find roles that appeal to you.
We will try to match your skills and experiences to a suitable role, as well as try to help you develop your skills. We provide training, support and the necessary equipment to carry out the role, and reimburse out of pocket expenses.
Where volunteer roles come from
Volunteer roles and opportunities come from a variety of people and places, and requests are received for a wide range of needs. Anyone can request a Deaf Direct volunteer, as long as the role is related to deafness or hearing loss in Herefordshire, Oxfordshire or Worcestershire.Some of the groups who request volunteers include:
- Deaf / hard of hearing people
- Family / friends of deaf or hard of hearing people
- Professional agencies
- Social Services
- Local businesses / organisations
The application process
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us for an application pack. There is a short application form which is required to register interest in becoming a volunteer. All our volunteers must undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Deaf Direct covers the cost of this check.
We ask that you provide two references as part of the application process. When possible we will also arrange an informal chat, as we want to ensure that we both make the most of you volunteering for us.