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Stroke Association – Befriender

Details of the Charity:

Stroke Association is the leading charity in the UK changing the world for people affected by stroke.

Our research has helped to improve treatments and care which has saved tens of thousands of lives.

Our support services have helped hundreds of people get through one of the most frightening experiences of their lives and build a life after stroke.

Our campaigning has developed initiatives like the FAST campaign to help people recognise the signs of a stroke and take emergency action.

At the Stroke Association we believe that strokes can and should be prevented.

  • We believe that everyone has the right to make the best recovery they can from stroke.
  • We believe in the power of research to save lives and ensure people make the best recovery they can.
  • And ultimately, we believe that together we can change the world for people affected by stroke.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

The Stroke Association’s Communication Support Service provides help and support for stroke survivors who are affected by communication difficulties, and their families. This support can take place at the persons home or as part of a group setting and aims to help build confidence and reduce isolation.

We are seeking volunteers to become Befrienders to stroke survivors at home to help reduce social isolation, and improve the confidence and self-esteem of the stroke survivor.

The role of the Befriender will be to support service users on a 1:1 basis according to their individual needs to achieve their personal goals such as practising  their communication skills, practising using public transport, trying a hobby etc.

This might be the role for you if you have excellent listening skills, are empathetic and non-judgemental, reliable and responsible and willing to try new things and adapt to the needs of the service user.

What skills and experience might you gain through this role?

  • Confidence and decision-making ability.
  • An awareness and understanding of disability.
    • An insight into rehabilitation after stroke
    • An understanding of stroke and its effects

What support and training will be provided?

  • The Stroke Association Volunteer Induction.
  • Communication difficulties and supported conversation.
  • Introduction to Befriending.
  • Regular and on-going support from a named member of staff.
  • On-going training as the role requires.
  • Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed in accordance with the Stroke Association Volunteer Expenses Policy.

Skills Required:

  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Empathetic and non-judgemental
  • Willing to try new things and adapt to the needs of the person you are supporting
  • Able to work without direct supervision

Additional Benefits:

  • An opportunity to engage in your local community.
  • Enhance your CV and learn new skills.
  • A flexible role which can fit around your existing commitments.
  • Gain experience with a well-respected charity delivering sector-leading services.
  • Role recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • Hours volunteered will contribute to the Brunel Volunteers Award, leading to an invite to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony in May
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