We have at least three types of wonderful volunteering opportunities within the Signal Hub and with our partners at the Shropshire Rural Community Council. You can volunteer in one role, two or, if you feel like it, even all three! The Hub is located in the Riverside shopping centre in Shrewsbury.
Who are we looking for?
If you are Deaf or have hearing loss, or have experience of hearing loss through your family or professional life, then the Signal Hub could provide the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for people who care about hearing loss and can offer support and understanding to others. You don’t need any formal qualifications and full training will be given. Knowledge of British Sign Language (BSL) would be an advantage but is not essential.
Of course, you will need to have a little time spare to help out and a desire to make things better! The Hub will be open between 10am and 4pm on weekdays. There will be two volunteering sessions per day – from 10am until 1pm and from 1pm until 4pm. Volunteers would be asked to commit to one session (or more!) per week.
What would you be doing?
Role 1 – Support & information volunteers
You will receive visitors to the Hub, giving them a warm welcome and finding out how we can help them. You will then direct the visitor to the appropriate service within the Hub or even help them out yourself, using your knowledge and skills picked up in our training. This may involve signposting the person to a service outside the Hub or simply sharing information, having a chat, listening or sharing a pot of tea. Just spending some time with someone who understands their situation will be a great help to our visitors.
Role 2 – Repair volunteers
The Shropshire Rural Community Council maintains a pool of volunteers who can offer hearing aid repair and retubing services. These services will now be available in the Hub as well as in people’s homes. Full training is given by experts and you will have a buddy to guide you through early on. This is a great opportunity to help out with something really practical. For more detailed information, check out the Rural Community Council’s web pages here.
Role 3 – Technical volunteers
You will probably be a little technically minded for this role and have an interest in gadgets and also enjoy explaining to people how things work. You will help visitors to the Hub by showing them assistive devices that may help with their hearing loss and by watching over them as they try out the devices. See the smile on people’s faces, as they hear something more clearly than before! You will receive full training, too. If you are not able to help in the first instance, then you can refer people on to the friendly and professional teams at Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin councils.
What will you get out of it?
Volunteering has so many benefits. It can give you a sense of well-being in body and mind. It can also build confidence and communication skills, as well as allowing you to make friends and connections within the community. If you are looking for a job, then volunteering can help you develop skills and demonstrate to potential employers that you have relevant experience and abilities. You can find out more about the benefits of volunteering here. On top of all this, you will be helping others, which, of course, will make you smile!
As well as providing appropriate training, we will reimburse reasonable travel expenses.
If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the roles, then please get in touch via the contact page on our website, telephone us on 01743 358 356, send an SMS to 07950 782 819 or e-mail email@example.com . We look forward to hearing from you!