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
• Commitment to attend regularly
• Responsible attitude
• Good communication/interpersonal skills
• 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:
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