► The Stroke Association

What: The Stroke Association is a long established stroke prevention, awareness raising and support charity.
Our Vision Statement: We want a world where there are fewer strokes and all those touched by stroke get the help they need.
Our Mission Statement: Our mission is to prevent strokes, and reduce their effect through providing services, campaigning, education and research.

The Communication Support Service in South Tyneside provides help to people in the South Tyneside region whose stroke has affected their speech and language functions. (Aphasia and other related speech and language problems affect about 20-30% of people who survive their stroke.)
We work in close co-operation with NHS Speech and Language Therapy services, and arrange programmes of support to enhance communication skills, optimise speech and language rehabilitation and reduce social isolation.

Volunteer Role:

Communication Support Volunteer.

Job Description: Providing assistance to people in South Tyneside who have communication difficulties (Dysphasia/Aphasia) following a stroke, using social activities and conversation in either a group or on a 1-to-1 basis in their homes or in the community, under the supervision of the Communication Support Service Co-ordinator.
This will be on a regular weekly basis for 2-3 hours per week (days and times to be arranged).
The main aims of this role are to:

• Further develop communication skills, learnt in NHS Speech and Language Therapy sessions, in real world settings
• Provide social interaction for people who otherwise may become socially isolated
• Build confidence
• Provide respite for family/carers

We are looking for people with:
Good communication skills (listening as well as talking, gesture, etc.)
A patient and flexible approach,
A friendly and sociable manner,
An ability to work without direct supervision.

Anyone can apply who is interested. No previous experience required.
This opportunity would be especially of interest to Speech and Language Therapy students/graduates, Health and Social Care students, and Medical (neuro-rehabilitation) or Rehabilitation/Physiotherapy students who want to gain experience for their CVs.

Training and induction will be provided.

Stroke Awareness Presentation Volunteer

Stroke Awareness Presentation Volunteers are needed across the UK to deliver informal talks and presentations to local organisations, community groups and other bodies, in order to raise the profile and promote the work of The Stroke Association.

Volunteer benefits include:

Supervised experience working with people suffering from dysphasia/aphasia: This would be particularly useful for any students/graduates of Speech and Language Therapy, Health and Social Care, and Medical/ Rehabilitation/ Physiotherapy/ Occupational Therapy students who want to build their CV.
Volunteers would receive induction training and training in communication support.

Also Client Assistance training, and Manual Handling training (1/2 to 1 day training each)

Regular supervision.

Experience of working as a group or individual on a 1-to-1 basis in the community.

All out of pocket expenses reimbursed

Social interaction in a group

We also organise ‘thank you events’ for our volunteers which are paid for by the organisation.

Volunteers are also able to apply for posts with The Stroke Association, and we forward regular job vacancy bulletins to our volunteers directly.