Nothing is more precious than the giving freely of your time. It doesn't matter if it's an hour per week or a day per month, if you can help us and you'd like to, we'd like to hear from you. There are lots of volunteer opportunities here. You could assist in the joinery or motor vehicle workshops or in the hairdressing salon, helping our students to achieve their qualifications.  You could assist in the greenhouse, helping our horticulture students. You could assist as a teacher's support assistant. You could assist the maintenance team. You could help us with transport to and from sporting events or on trips out. You may be able to provide reading support to our students or even just be a visiting friend. 

There are several opportunities open to volunteers at the moment, including:

  • MACC - our Mixed Ability Cycle Club: We have purchased 15 disability adapted cycles and 8 mountain bikes of different sizes and all the necessary safety equipment: pus we're going to run cycle proficiency lessons on our safe/secure campus to launch our cycle club, but we really need cycling enthusiasts to volunteer for a couple of hours each week, to run the club for us.
  • Enterprise - our students make all kinds of products (you can see them on our shop page here: https://www.deaf-trust.co.uk/pages/shop/department/all) which we sell and that helps to raise funds to buy the materials for the next students to use and so on. Our difficulty is we can't make enough fast enough to keep up with sales! so, if you're an ex-joiner maybe, or have an interest in carpentry or woodwork, we really could use your talent and expertise here for as many hours as you like.
  • Sports - we have a Boccia Club, football teams, cycling now of course, a fully equipped gym, three external all-weather sports courts for Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball and Futsal plus a large indoor-multi purpose sports hall with Badminton courts and indoor Cricket nets. If you're a qualified sports coach, we can always use your help. Maybe you could launch a new sport for us!
  • There are a range of other areas where we could use your help; admin, managing volunteers perhaps, in the gardens (tending them during school holidays for example) and others, so if you have the time, would like to stay active and would love to help us, just get in touch by e-mailing: [email protected].

The benefits are boundless. You may just get the experience you need to put onto your CV that makes all the difference when applying for that job! You could join the British Sign Language classes and learn how to speak using sign - another very useful qualification. It will certainly get you out and you will most definitely make a lot of friends! 

We will pay your travel expenses and we will pay for a DBS check (Please understand, our young people have to be safe and so we have to know that everyone working here is of good character). If you're here for a full day, we'll even provide you with a free lunch! Now what could be more tempting than that!