Community Support Organiser

An opportunity to get involved in leading a range of informal community-based activities for survivors and carers to support recovery.

Tasks this role can include:

  • Leading informal groups for stroke survivors on areas of common interest such as art, theatre, film, social media. You will have the support of Stroke Association staff.
  • Helping to arrange visits to local venues to help stroke survivors feel part of their local community (including visiting local Stroke clubs/voluntary groups).
  • Providing feedback on the successes and outcomes of these group visits.

Please read the full role description before applying. We have opportunities available in the following areas:

Area Role specific information Contact
Chester-le-Street This is a flexible role that will depend on the needs of the people we support. In most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hour per week for a minimum of three months. Group sessions will be held once a month. We need two people aged over 18.  Amy Thirtle on 0191 4879 988 or amy.thirtle@stroke.org.uk

Exercise Supporter

We're looking for a volunteer Exercise Supporter to support our Moving Forward after Stroke Programme.

The Moving Forward after Stoke programme provides exercise and education sessions to stroke survivors to:

  • reduce their risk of secondary stroke
  • improve their levels of physical fitness
  • reduce social isolation
  • make healthy lifestyle changes.

We are looking for people with an interest in stroke/disability and exercise to support this new service.

As an Exercise Supporter you will join group exercise sessions and ensure all participants are comfortable and engaged. You will assist in organising the group sessions by helping to plan transport, arrange refreshments and ensure attendance.

You’ll support stroke survivors to achieve their exercise-related goals throughout the 12-week programme and help identify local exercise opportunities for when the programme has finished.

Please read the full role description before applying. We currently have opportunities in the following areas:

Area Role specific information Contact
Basildon The group meets every Tuesday between 9.30am – 10.30am. We need six people aged over 18.  Kerry Foot on 01284 760006 or volunteeringeast@stroke.org.uk
Battersea and Tooting These sessions are delivered at Battersea Park Millennium Arena by specialist exercise instructors. The sessions are expected to run at the same time each week and details can be provided on enquiry. There will be some time required outside of these sessions to support people to achieve their goals. We need five people aged over 18.  Beth Brown on 020 8871 6756 or beth.brown1@nhs.net
Stockport (local leisure centre yet to be confirmed)
Tameside
Salford
We need six people all aged over 18.  Eamonn Greene on 07515 597171 or eamonn.greene@stroke.org.uk

Stroke Ward Referral Officer (Lincolnshire)

As a Stroke Ward Referral Officer, you'll be talking to stroke survivors, their families and carers about support that is available and making a referral to Lincolnshire Family and Carer Support Service. This will take place on the stroke ward at Louth hospital.

You will work with hospital staff to:

  • gather information about new stroke survivors who have been admitted to the stroke ward
  • transfer information about new patients from hospital records to Stroke Association referral forms
  • meet regularly with the Family and Carer Support Service Coordinator to discuss the referrals being made.

You’ll put together information packs about the Lincolnshire Family and Carer Support Service and deliver these packs to stroke survivors, their families and carers on the stroke ward. You will need to be able to briefly explain the service and answer basic questions.

You will also order leaflets, factsheets and any other material that is needed for the service information packs.

Please read the full role description before applying. We currently have no open opportunities in this role.

Telephone Support Volunteer (Gateshead)

You'll make regular telephone calls to stroke survivors and carers who are being supported by the Gateshead Family and Carer Support Service. The aim of these calls will be to check on the stroke survivor's progress, identify any additional needs, and signpost to other resources and offer reassurance.

You’ll accurately record, in writing, the details of any calls and highlight and report any issues or additional needs. You will input details of these calls and any other necessary information into a central database that holds the details of all our services.

What skills and experience do I need?

  • You're confident using the telephone and have a good telephone manner.
  • You have excellent listening skills and are able to interpret and record complex information.
  • You're empathetic and non-judgemental.
  • You're able to use office equipment and have basic IT skills.
  • You're able to work without direct supervision.

What skills and experience will I gain?

  • Practical experience of supporting people who have been affected by stroke.
  • An understanding and awareness of stroke and its effects and the challenges people face after stroke.
  • An opportunity to enhance your CV or learn new skills.
  • An opportunity to engage with your local community.
  • An opportunity to gain experience with a well-respected charity delivering sector-leading services.

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