What is a community champion?
The community champion role can incorporate a great many activities, depending on the skills and interests of the volunteer. For example: to champion and raise awareness of the work of Deafblind UK in your local community, helping to ensure that people living with dual sensory loss in your area have the opportunity to find out about Deafblind UK’s services. This might involve spending time at a stand in a public place, offering leaflets or advice, or making sure that stocks of our leaflets are always available at key sites in the local area. Alternatively, you may enjoy running local events such as coffee mornings or musical events, where local people can join together in friendship and to hear more about the work of Deafblind UK.
You will be helping to enable people living with combined sight and hearing loss in your community to live the life they want by engaging with potential new members or helping to reduce individuals’ isolation and improve their quality of life by being a friendly, local contact acting as a link to Deafblind UK’s staff and services.
We will tailor the role to the strengths and goals of the volunteer while fitting in with the needs of the charity.
As a Community Champion Volunteer, you will:
- Establish and build relationships with local people living with combined sight and hearing loss and champion the benefits of becoming a Deafblind UK member
- Act as a point of contact and a friendly neighbour for members in your local area and communicate support needs to Deafblind UK staff
- Increase the awareness and represent Deafblind UK in fundraising and awareness events in your local area to champion our work and membership offer
- Establish and build relationships with local businesses, local government particularly social services, healthcare organisations and other charities
- Attend regular meetings with the person appointed as your contact to agree priorities and outcomes.
How much commitment do I need to give?
This role requires a reasonable amount of time to support the role (to be agreed with Deafblind UK)
Am I suitable?
This role would suit someone who...
- Through their knowledge and experience of living and working in the area, is able to develop relationships with key people in local organisations
- Is patient and friendly personality
- Is eager to make a difference in your local community
- Has a willingness to share own personal interests with other members
- Has experience of fundraising or taking part in funding events
- Is a good communicator
- Is able to work independently or as a member of a team
How will I benefit?
- This is an opportunity to meet like-minded people in your community
- You will be part of a friendly, supportive and dedicated team
- You will know you will be making a difference to real people’s lives
- New communications skills
- Establishing positive employability skills to help you in your career path
What support will I get?
We ensure that all volunteers who join our team are well equipped to undertake any tasks and will provide training and supervision throughout your journey with us. Any specific training will be outlined at the induction stage and then discussed at your reviews with your Deafblind UK named contact.
This role is purely voluntary, and this arrangement is not legally binding or an employment contract.