How you can help
We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and walks of life to our Shrewsbury base, including volunteers who themselves have a hearing loss. Some of our volunteer roles can also be carried out online.
We often need help with:
- Project research and writing
- Fundraising research and writing
- Data entry and office administration
- A variety of people-facing roles at Signal: The Hub, our centre for hearing loss in Shropshire
What we offer
- Opportunity to develop skills and knowledge, building experience for a CV – we provide references for regular volunteers
- You can make a vital contribution to an organisation that is passionate about what it does
- Reasonable travel expenses (by agreement) and subsistence for full-day volunteers
- Options to work from our Shrewsbury office, Signal: The Hub or your home or local library
What we ask from you
We have a variety of roles available and each has different requirements.
Please see our vacancies page for details of specific roles.
We do ask that you are: aged 17 years or above (18 years for Signal: The Hub volunteers).
Frequently asked questions
Do you have places for volunteers on overseas programmes?
No – we work with our partners in Africa to recruit the right people in the country where the project takes place. However, if you are interested in development work, then there are opportunities to carry out research in our Shrewsbury office or from home.
Do volunteers work directly with deaf and hard of hearing people?
Some volunteers do – please see our vacancies page for details of specific volunteer roles.
Will volunteering affect my benefits?
No – because we do not pay you for your work, only reimburse expenses. If you have any concerns, then please contact your Job Centre.
Will you do a Police Background Check?
For roles based in our head office in Shrewsbury there is no requirement for a police check, because you will not be working directly with children or vulnerable adults. For roles based in Signal: The Hub we will require a police check, as you would be working directly with the public which may include vulnerable adults.
Is your office accessible?
Unfortunately access to our head office in Shrewsbury is restricted, as it is not open to the public and is in an old building. It has steps and stairs and lacks parking spaces. If you are interested in volunteering and believe that these restrictions may prevent you from coming into the office, then please contact us to arrange an interview, at a site suitable for you, about options for volunteering.
Signal: The Hub is based in the Riverside shopping centre in Shrewsbury, which is accessible to wheelchair users. The Hub’s services are based on the ground floor and this is where our volunteers are located. There is an inaccessible room upstairs that will be used by some staff and volunteers at break times. Those with mobility issues will be able to take breaks in the café on the ground floor but unfortunately there are no lift facilities to the first floor.