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Side by Side Befriending - Brighton with Action on Hearing Loss


About this volunteering opportunity

-What will you be doing?-
As Volunteer Befriender, you’ll perform some or all of the following tasks:

Spend time on a regular basis with someone who is deaf or has hearing loss, providing friendship and support,
Support them during day to day activities, such as using public transport, visiting local facilities, leisure centres, deaf clubs, etc. This may be in 1:1 settings or through group activities,
Support them to integrate with other people and participate in social settings,
Goal setting with the person you befriend for the year ahead,
Follow Action on Hearing policies and regulations,

About this organisation

As Action on Hearing Loss, we’re working for a world where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label people, where tinnitus is silenced and where people value and look after their hearing.

•We provide day-to-day care for people who are deaf and have additional needs.
•We supply communication services and training.
•We offer practical advice to help people protect their hearing.
•We campaign to change public policy around hearing loss issues.
•We support research into an eventual cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.

We aim to make a real difference to the lives of 11 million people who are deaf or have a hearing loss across

Induction, training and support offered with this opportunity

-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 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,
Care & support based training including safeguarding adults,

Skills or experience needed for this opportunity

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

Awareness and knowledge of diversity and human rights,
Awareness of issues affecting people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss, and people who have learning difficulties and/or mental health support needs,
Committed to the wellbeing of others, especially the older community,
Friendly and positive attitude,
Empathetic and active listener,
Open-minded and non-judgemental,
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively,
Reliable, trustworthy and honest,
Level 2 British Sign Language skills would be beneficial, but is not essential,

The contact person for this opportunity is Janet Lord, 01273 840960

  • Expenses are paid for this opportunity.
  • This opportunity is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Assistance with childcare is NOT available for this opportunity.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday



  • community and social centres
  • disabled people
  • befriending
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