The Ear Foundation is an independent charity that supports deaf people and their families to ensure they make the best use of hearing technology to improve communication and spoken language. They support a variety of different age groups.
About your role
Depending on which age group you are interested in working with, there are a number of different volunteering options.
Ready Steady Go - This is a group for pre-school children with a hearing loss and their siblings. Volunteers will be briefed on the aims and goals of the session before it takes place, then it’s time to get stuck in! You will be encouraging the children to get involved, help extend and explore their language through play, and ensure that everyone is having a great time.
Leaping! - These sessions are for primary school children with a hearing loss, and are delivered by Speech and Language Therapists to help the children develop confident communication skills. You will be briefed, and then will help to lead the fun activities and games, encouraging the children to get involved, and make friendships.
Teenz – This group is for teenagers aged 11-18 years, and provides opportunities for teenagers with a hearing loss to get together, to build friendships and share the unique experiences they have with other teens who know and understand what it is like living with deafness.
Woven into the programme are opportunities to discuss communication, the technology they use and also any issues and concerns they have. Volunteers are encouraged to support young people to develop their friendships while joining in with organised activities.
Examples of last year’s sessions were: Football, Colwick Adventure Park, Dancing, Cycling, Forest School and many more all to focus upon listening skills and building our confidence using our voices, to develop our communication and team working skills while facing exciting challenges.
The groups usually take place on Saturdays, and there are usually around 10 of each session per year. So that you can develop a great relationship with the children and families who attend the groups, the Ear Foundation expect that you will attend on at least 5 occasions in a 12 month period. The sessions take place on the below dates (more dates are to be confirmed through the year):
Ready Steady Go: 13 July, 14 August, 7 September, 12 October, 16 November, and 7 December
LEAPing: 14 September, 12 October, and 30 November
Teenz: 21 September, and 9 November
How to find us
- Click the ‘Register Your Interest’ button below.
- Mary from the Students’ Union Volunteer Centre will be in touch, and will pass on the contact details of Bev from the charity.
- Bev will send you an application form, which you will need to fill out and return.
- You’ll be invited in for an informal chat so the charity can find out a bit more about you.
- You will need to provide the Ear Foundation with references (previous employer, personal tutor, previous volunteering experience etc).
What’s in it for me?
Volunteering with the Ear Foundation is a great experience for anyone looking to work with children in the future, particularly those interested in teaching or speech and language therapy.
The Ear Foundation are happy to provide regular volunteers with employment references.
Full training is given!
All volunteers will need to have a DBS check upon application.