Deaf Links

Charity registered in Scotland SC040223

Deaf Links provides a wide range of services, activities and learning opportunities for Deaf, hard of hearing and sensory impaired people.

Current opportunities

An advocate provides a voice for those who may feel they are being ignored, excluded or treated unfairly. They provide a confidential service, representing the views and choices of the people they work with, empowering them to represent their own interests, providing information not advice, and allowing the person to be in control of their own life. Volunteer advocates promote the person's independence and increase their confidence.

Did you know over 1million people in Scotland are affected by sensory loss? We need you help! We are looking for people aged 18+ to become volunteer Citizen Advocates, to help people in your community living with a sensory loss. Can you dedicate time & make a long term commitment to another person? There is no specific qualifications necessary, life experience and a desire to making a difference in the lives of people living with sensory loss is all that is required. All applicants will be trained and PVG checked prior to being paired with a advocacy partner. As an advocate you will: • Help your Advocacy Partner to make informed choices • Help your Advocacy Partner to communicate their views • Support your Partner in meeting new people and gain access into their community • Help your Partner access support to which they are entitled • Befriend and share in social activities

Deaf Links are looking for people who wish to make a difference to another person, living in their community who is has a Sensory Loss. There is no specific qualification’s necessary, Life experience and a desire to make a commitment to help people who’s lives are affected by sensory loss is all that is required. As a Citizen advocate you will: • Support people to make informed choices and gain independence • Help people to develop new interests and build confidence • Gain valuable experience of working with adults with sensory loss • Break down social barriers and promote social inclusion • Develop long term friendships with people at risk of becoming socially isolated full training will be given online where possible Each Advocate will then be Matched with a advocacy partner ( a person requiring the service) based on common interests and availability before a trial Citizen Advocacy Partnership is arranges and supported by our service. The goal is to form long lasting partnerships of support.

We have a position available, your level of involvement is arranged to suit your availability. You should have the use of your own car and hold a full driving licence for 3 years. Ability to use sign language (BSL) is desirable but not essential. Volunteers must be fit, be able to carry loads and climb stairs without difficulties. The role requires, collecting donated stock and delivering stock to the charity store