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Stroke Association - Community Service Supporter



Details of the Charity:

Stroke Association. Rebuilding lives after stroke.

When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. That's because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do. It happens every five minutes in the UK and changes lives instantly. Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt.

We believe everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. And it's a team effort to get there.

We provide specialist support, fund critical research and campaign to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives.

Every give minutes, stroke destroys lives. Help us rebuild them and join our team.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

About 30% of stroke survivors will experience communication difficulties after their stroke which can make daily living extremely challenging. As a Communication Service Supporter you will be supporting stroke survivors whose communication has been affected by their stroke to develop new strategies to aid their communication. In doing so you will help people to build their confidence, achieve personal goals and promote independence.

Tasks this role can include:

  • Providing focused support to facilitate the communication of stroke survivors in small groups, known as workshop blocks that last between six to twelve weeks.
  • Providing focused support to facilitate the communication of stroke survivors on a one-to-one basis in their homes.
  • Providing focused support to facilitate the communication of stroke survivors to enable them to access activities and services in their local community.
  • Where a service is able to provide more long term support you mat have the opportunity to support stroke survivors in a group setting that offers more social/informal activities.
  • Helping to develop and deliver new communication activities or ways of supporting stroke survivors.

Skills Required:

  • Excellent listening skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • DBS check required (provided free of charge by Brunel Volunteers)
  • Willing to learn and use the technique, called 'supported conversation', that is used to support people with communication difficulties¬†
  • Willing to try new things and adapt to the needs of the person you are supporting

Additional Benefits:

  • Practical experience of working with people with communication difficulties that could enhance your career or studies.
  • An opportunity to learn methods and techniques that can aid communication¬†
  • An understanding and awareness of stroke and its effects and the challenges people face after stroke
  • An opportunity to enhance your CV and learn new skills
  • An opportunity to engage with your local community
  • Experience with a well-respected charity delivering sector-leading services

 

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