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Befriender
Mentor
Peer Supporter

We currently offer a range of stroke services and support over 60,000 stroke survivors, carers and families every year.

Befriender

A stroke can leave someone feeling isolated in a number of ways. Befrienders offer personal support across all services to stroke survivors and carers. In doing so, they help to reduce social isolation and build the confidence and self-esteem of the people they support.

As a befriender, you can support people in your local area on a one-to-one basis according to their individual needs. You'll also spend time socially with stroke survivors and develop a productive friendship for an agreed period. You'll be helping people to achieve personal goals, become more independent and reintegrate with their community.

Please read the full role description before applying. We have Befriender roles available in the following locations:

Area Role specific information Contact
Across London In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours a week for three months. Opportunities are available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. We need six people all aged over 18.  Lina Choudhury on  0207 940 1340 or lina.choudhury@stroke.org.uk
Alford Towns This is a flexible opportunity that depends on the needs of the people we support. There is usually an expectation of two to three hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need two people both aged over 18.  Sheryl Willis on 01507 441579 or sheryl.willis@stroke.org.uk
Barrow in Furness In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need ten people all aged over 18.  Charlene Athersmith on 07739 746 099 or charlene.athersmith@stroke.org.uk
Central Bedfordshire This is a flexible opportunity that depends on the needs of the people we support. There's usually an expectation of two to three hours per week for a minimum of three months. Opportunities are available Monday to Friday,  9am – 5pm. We need two people all aged over 18.  Kerry Foot on 01284 760006 or volunteeringcentral@stroke.org.uk
Blackburn and Darwen In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week and up to four hours per week for a minimum of three months. Befriending will take place Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm. We need four people all aged over 18.  Either Debby McCormack on 01254 367431 or debby.mccormack@stroke.org.uk or Maureen Duffy on 01254 367432 or maureen.duffy@stroke.org.uk
Cheshire West In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need two people both aged over 18.  Contact Karen Davies on 01244 389 266 or karen.davies@stroke.org.uk
Crewe In most cases there will be an expectation of at least two to three hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need two people all aged over 18. Christine Reed on 01270 256194 or christine.reed@stroke.org.uk
Durham In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need five people all aged over 18.  0191 487 9988 or via neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Gateshead In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months during working hours. We need two people both aged over 18.  Emma Palmer or Judith Cronin on 0191 487 9988 or neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Hartlepool In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need five people all aged over 18.  0191 487 9988 or via neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Horley We are looking for a befriending volunteer for a stroke survivor in the Horley area. We need someone friendly, patient and local who can visit once a week for around one hour (Monday to Friday, 9am –  5pm)

Beatrice Whiteman on 07515596967 or beatrice.whiteman@stroke.org.uk

Kendal In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need ten people all aged over 18.  Charlene Athersmith on 07739 746 099 or charlene.athersmith@stroke.org.uk
Liverpool Befrienders are needed to support service users in their home, on the phone or in the local community, for a minimum of three months. We need four people all aged over 18. Julie Connolly on 0151 305 0023 or julie.connolly@stroke.org.uk 
Louth This is a flexible opportunity that depends on the needs of the people we support. There is usually an expectation of two to three hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need two people both aged over 18.  Sheryl Willis on 01507 441579 or sheryl.willis@stroke.org.uk
Mablethorpe This is a flexible opportunity that depends on the needs of the people we support. There is usually an expectation of two to three hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need two people both aged over 18.  Sheryl Willis on 01507 441579 or sheryl.willis@stroke.org.uk
Market Rasen This is a flexible opportunity that depends on the needs of the people we support. There is usually an expectation of two to three hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need two people both aged over 18.  Sheryl Willis on 01507 441579 or sheryl.willis@stroke.org.uk
Mendips In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week. We need three people all aged over 18.  0771 727 5820 or via simon.laken@stroke.org.uk
Middlesbrough In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need five people all aged over 18.  0191 487 9988 or via neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Newham In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need ten people all aged over 18.  Lina Choudhury on 0207 940 1340 or lina.choudhury@stroke.org.uk
North Somerset In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. Befriending will take place Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. We need five people all aged over 18.  Verity Aldous on 01275 870328 or verity.aldous@stroke.org.uk
North Tyneside In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need five people all aged over 18.  0191 487 9988 or via neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Northumberland In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need five people all aged over 18.  0191 487 9988 or via neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Northwich In most cases there will be an expectation of at least two to three hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need two people all aged over 18. Christine Reed on 01270 256194 or christine.reed@stroke.org.uk
Reading and Wokingham

This is a flexible opportunity that depends on the needs of the people we support.  In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months.  Opportunities are available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. We need four people all aged over 18. 

Liz Halle or Dave Riley on 0118 3219349 or readingwokingham@stroke.org.uk
Redcar and Cleveland In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need five people all aged over 18.  0191 487 9988 or via neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Stockton In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need five people all aged over 18.  0191 487 9988 or via neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Sunderland  In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need five people all aged over 18.  0191 487 9988 or via neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Sutton on Sea This is a flexible opportunity that depends on the needs of the people we support. There is usually an expectation of two to three hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need two people both aged over 18.  Sheryl Willis on 01507 441579 or sheryl.willis@stroke.org.uk
Wakefield District In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need three people all aged over 18. Stacey Taylor on 01924 372525 or neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Wigan We need one person for at least one to two hours per week between the hours of 9am-4pm. Under 18's will need to accompanied by a member of staff; under 16's by a parent/guardian. Robin Foxon on 01942 482133 or robin.foxon@stroke.org.uk

Mentor

Mentors offer a particular kind of support to stroke survivors by placing particular emphasis and focus on goal setting, in order to help their recovery following a stroke. In doing so, they help to reduce social isolation and build the confidence and self-esteem of the people they support.

As a mentor, you can support survivors and carers with their recoveries on a one-to-one basis according to their individual needs, which may be as part of a Stroke Association service, or to help an individual transition from a service to long-term peer support in the community. You can support people to work towards and achieve agreed personal goals, and help them develop independence and play an active role in their communities as part of their recovery.

Please read the full role description before applying. We have Mentor roles available in the following locations: 

Area Role specific information Contact
Chester-le-Street In most cases there'll be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need four people all aged over 18. 0191 487 9988 or via neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Stanley In most cases there'll be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need four people all aged over 18. 0191 487 9988 or via neadmin@stroke.org.uk

Peer Supporter

Peer Supporters offer a particular kind of befriending support to stroke survivors from their own experience and perspective as a stroke survivor or carer. In doing so, they help to reduce social isolation and build the confidence and self-esteem of the people they support.

As a peer supporter, you can support people on a one-to-one basis according to their individual needs, help people to achieve personal goals and become more independent.

Please read the full role description before applying.

We currently have no open opportunities for this role.

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