Stage 1 Speech and Language Therapy Programme Volunteer - Stroke Association


What is the purpose of the role?

 

The Stroke Association strives for a world where there are fewer strokes and all those touched by stroke get the help they need. A Stroke Association Speech and Language Therapy Group Volunteer would spend time with, and support members during group therapy sessions.
 
What does the role entail?
Arrive early to set up room and discuss session programme/issues/group members
To assist group members in undertaking therapy activities under  the direct supervision of a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) 
To spend time listening to and supporting group  members
To facilitate the communication skills of people living with aphasia as a consequence of stroke, by following the advice of the SLT, using the materials and training provided.
Provide local news
To attend regular follow up meetings to discuss progress and to update the work programme
To provide refreshments to members, as required.
To observe and follow the policies and procedures set down in the “Stroke Association Support Group Handbook”, including the equal opportunities, volunteer expenses, confidentiality, health and safety policies
To present a positive image of the Stroke Association and its work at all times
To undertake appropriate training as the role requires
To undertake any other duties as required by the SLT 
Ensure compliance with Health & Safety in the workplace
To have an empathy and understanding of stroke and the Stroke Association’s mission, values,  and objectives 
 
What skills and experiences are desirable?
Good communication skills 
Patient and flexible approach 
A friendly and sociable manner
An ability to work without direct supervision
 
Personal Qualities
Commitment to attend regularly
Responsible attitude
Good communication/interpersonal skills
Confidentiality
Ability to use initiative
Empathetic and non judgmental
Ability to put training into action
 
What support and training will be provided?
Induction into your role, the Stroke Association and an understanding of stroke and aphasia
Regular and ongoing support from the SLT 
Support from the regional office the Operations & Projects Officer and service manager
Training as the role requires
 
What are the benefits?
 
Work alongside a Health Professional
Facilitate communication for stroke survivors with aphasia
Satisfaction knowing that the role will make a difference to individuals lives and to the Stroke Association’s work
An invaluable opportunity to undergo training
Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed 
 
Appointment subject to:
 
An Access NI check at enhanced level is required for this role
 
Two satisfactory references 
 
If you are interested in volunteering for the Stroke Association in Northern Ireland or would like further information on any aspects of our work then please contact us on:
 
Phone: 02890508020
Email: northernireland@stroke.org.uk
Website: www.stroke.org.uk 

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