Without the ongoing help of volunteers, Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA) wouldn't be the vibrant organisation it is today. From youth leaders to office assistants, our volunteers play a vital role in the success of the charity and are an invaluable part of our GDA team.
Opportunities for Volunteering
There are a number of opportunities for volunteering at GDA, some of which require special training. These include:
- Helping out in the office
- Helping out at our Youth or Kids clubs
- Showing and explaining listening aid equipment
- Cleaning and re-tubing hearing-aid
Applying to become a GDA Volunteer
All prospective volunteers are interviewed face to face. The purpose of this is to:
- inform you about GDA and its opportunities for volunteering
- explore your interests and the skills you have to offer
- consider how best to maximise your potential within the organisation.
Either before or after your interview you will be asked to complete an application form. Satisfactory references will be required before becoming a volunteer. In line with most charities, any volunteer who will be working with children, young or vulnerable people, or has access to funds, will also be asked to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check. This may seem intrusive but is necessary for the following reasons:
- The public, our donors and the people we aim to help need to know that they and the money they donate are in safe hands
- They provide you with a degree of credibility and act as a basis for trust for volunteers and colleagues.
Volunteer Agreement and Job Description
Induction and Training
All volunteers will receive an induction into GDA and their own area of work. Training will be provided as appropriate.
General Volunteer Duties
There are a variety of duties that volunteers have the opportunity to undertake at Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA). As part of your induction you would have been told about all the general duties available but this does not mean you have to do all of them! It may be that you have a specific interest in a particular area and wish to spend your time carrying out duties relevant to this, or that you may not be suited to some of the duties.
There are opportunities for volunteers to take on other more skilled duties at GDA. As part of the ongoing training and support you will receive here we will hold regular reviews at which you, or a member of staff, may request you receive additional training. Once this is complete a period of supervision will follow and then you will be eligible for these additional duties. Supplementary notes on these duties are available once training is complete.