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Volunteer roles

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As a volunteer you will help us create a real difference in the lives of deaf children, young people and their families. We will provide you with training, development and support throughout your time with us.

If you can't see something listed below that you would love to do, please still get in touch. We have plenty of opportunities with other areas of our organisation that you may be interested in, such as fundraising and campaigning.

Youth support volunteers 

Our youth support volunteers help create a safe and deaf-friendly environment for deaf children and young people so they feel confident to try something new, meet other deaf children and deaf role models, and improve their communication skills – whether with speech, sign or a mixture of both.

As a youth support volunteer you can:

  • help at events throughout the year and across the UK
  • volunteer with us at day, weekend and residential events
  • apply for one or more of our three youth support volunteer roles.

We need volunteers at weekends or during school holidays. You don’t need to volunteer at a regular time each week or month, but what you will need is to love working with children and young people!

Group supporters

Group supporters help supervise children and young people during activities and make sure they get the most out of our events: 

  • welcoming children and families as they arrive
  • supervising groups of children and young people during activities and free time
  • making sure instructions are understood and everyone is happy and safe
  • encouraging deaf children and young people with different communication methods to interact and make friends.

We welcome applications from deaf adults aged 18 years and over.

  • Group supporters need to travel to residential events and stay on site each day and night throughout the event

 Most of all, you need to be interested in working with children and young people.

Communicators

Communicators look after deaf children and young people, making sure communication is accessible for everyone by:

  • using their BSL skills to share what has been said in spoken English
  • using spoken English to share what has been signed in BSL
  • helping with activities and free time
  • making sure children and young people are safe and happy.

We welcome applications from hearing and hard of hearing communicators.

  • All communicators need at least BSL Level 3 or equivalent

Most of all, you need to be willing to use your BSL skills, both individually and with groups.

Additional supporters

Additional supporters help children and young people with additional needs during activities and make sure they get the most out of our events.

We have both deaf and hearing volunteers who:

  • support children and young people (either an individual child or a pair of children):
    • with additional support needs
    • who require additional behaviour support
    • with personal care (excluding intimate care)
  • support deaf children and young people to be happy and healthy at events
  • encourage and support deaf children and young people to realise their potential
  • supervise deaf children and young people and keep them safe
  • be a positive role model
  • be responsible for yourself as part of a team
  • take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.

Children and young people’s needs vary, so we will explain what support they need individually at each event. 

  • Additional supporters need some knowledge of additional needs, but please contact us at volunteer@ndcs.org.uk if you are interested.  

Community support volunteers

Our community support volunteers make sure we help deaf children, young people and their families and carers from different communities.

As a community support volunteer you can:

  • help us make sure the services we offer meet the needs of deaf children and their families
  • volunteer with us in schools and other community settings, or in one of our offices across the UK
  • apply for one or more of our three community support volunteer roles.

You don’t need to volunteer at a regular time each week or month. Most of all, you need to be interested in helping us support families from different communities.

Activity supporters

Activity supporters provide an extra pair of hands at events, welcoming and registering participants or providing general support to parents.

Presenters

Presenters share information about us and our services, or their personal experience as a deaf young person or of living with a deaf child or young person:

  • giving presentations on our Roadshow and in schools to raise deaf awareness and let people know about our services and the support we offer
  • speaking to community groups and organisations so that they continue supporting us – saying thank you and collecting cheques for the money they have raised.
Community consultants

Community consultants share their knowledge and expertise of a particular community, so we can work with different communities more effectively.

Family programme volunteers 

Our family programme volunteers help parents and carers at our events to develop their understanding and skills to support deaf children and young people in their family. 

As a family programme volunteer you can:

  • help at events throughout the year and across the UK
  • share your personal experience with other families for an hour or two at day and weekend events
  • apply for one or more of our two family programme volunteer roles.

You don’t need to volunteer at a regular time each week or month, but what you will need is to share your knowledge and experience as a deaf person or in caring for a deaf child. 

Presenters

Presenters at our family events share their experience and information about:

  • our services and the support we offer
  • growing up as a deaf child
  • living with a deaf child in the family
  • professional support available from local health and educational services
  • communicating with deaf children and young people
  • technology and aids.
Facilitators

Facilitators at our family events lead discussions to:

  • help parents and carers develop their understanding and skills to support a deaf child
  • encourage parents to ask questions and share their personal experience of having a deaf child in the family
  • support communication with other parents and carers who have similar experiences.

To apply, have a look at our volunteer opportunities and email us at volunteer@ndcs.org.uk. Tell us a little about yourself and your availability and we will be in touch!