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
Castleford

The group meets every Thursday 10.30am - 11.30am. We need three people aged over 18. 

Stacey Taylor on 01924 372525 or neadmin@stroke.org.uk

Stroke Ward Referral Officer

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 Support Services.

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 family and carer support services 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.

Area Role Specific Information Contact
Pontefrect, Pinderfields and Dewsbury hospitals This is a flexible role - in most cases there will be an expectation of at least two hours per week for a minimum of three months. We need three people aged over 18. Read the full role description before applying. Stacey Taylor on 01924 372525 or neadmin@stroke.org.uk
Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General hospital This is a flexible role - in most cases there will be an expectation of at least one to two hours per week for a minimum of three months. There is no current set limit for the amount of volunteers, as this will be governed by service budget and and the amount of hours each volunteer can offer. Volunteers must be aged over 18. Read the full role description before applying. Dolores Watters on 0116 2603030 or 07538 795269 or dolores.watters@stroke.org.uk

 

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.

Caring and You Supporter (Sheffield)

To deal with the often devastating effects of stroke, carers need advice and support.  In this role, you will be assisting the Caring and You co-ordinator to educate and support carers of stroke survivors, covering different topics over multiple sessions.

Tasks for this role can include:

  • Attending on a regular basis to build a level of trust with the attending carers.
  • Setting up and shutting down the room before and after the session.
  • Talking and listening to carers who may be distressed.
  • Supporting group activities within the sessions and facilitating activities.
  • Preparing refreshments for the group.
  • Working with Stroke Association staff to support delivery of the education programme. 

These opportunities are available across the Sheffield area and we need two people for each six-week course. Applicants must be over the age of 18.

Download the full role profile for more information and, if you want to apply, please contact Margaret Harrod on 07764 903519 or margaret.harrod@stroke.org.uk 

Singing for Stroke Northern Ireland

Stroke survivors, along with their friends and family, can experience social isolation and poor mental health, particularly if their ability to communicate has been affected by Stroke. The Singing for Stroke project will introduce music into some of our existing voluntary groups to promote positive mental health and the beneficial effects of music therapy for people with communication difficulties.

Tasks for this role can include:

  • delivering Singing for Stroke sessions to the standards laid out in training
  • leading and managing the sessions, adapting them to meet the individual needs of group members
  • feeding back on the individual and group needs to inform the project organisers.

These opportunities are available across the Greater Belfast and Bangor areas and we need between four and eight people. Applicants must be over the age of 18.

Download the full role profile for more information and, if you want to apply, please contact Janice Kirkpatrick on 02890 508029 or janice.kirkpatrick@stroke.org.uk 

Stroke Recovery Supporter (Leicester)

We currently offer a range of stroke services that support over 60,000 stroke survivors, carers and families every year to ensure they get the help they need. Stroke Recovery Supporters provide support to the Stroke Recovery Coordinator whilst on home visits and help to reduce social isolation and improve confidence and self-esteem of stroke survivors.

Tasks for this role can include:

  • supporting people on a one-to-one basis according to their individual needs either face to face, on the phone, online or in the community
  • accompanying Stroke Support Coordinators on home visits
  • completing assessment forms and taking notes during home visits
  • supporting people to achieve personal goals.
  • supporting people to become more independent

These opportunities are available across the Leicester area. There is no current set limit for the number of volunteers, as this will be governed by service budget and the amount of hours each volunteer can offer. Applicants must be over the age of 18.

Download the full role profile for more information and, if you want to apply, please contact Dolores Watters on 0116 2603030 or 07538 795269 or dolores.watters@stroke.org.uk 

Resource Project Supporter (Edinburgh)

Our Stroke Helpline provides information and emotional support to tens of thousands of people affected by stroke across the UK. This includes stroke survivors, family members, carers, volunteers and professionals. You will be part of the process of maintaining and updating our resource library with information from across Scotland.

Tasks for this role can include:

  • Checking existing resources records for accuracy. 
  • Conducting internet based research and work with members of the Scotland team to identify resources \\
  • Data input and other computer based administrative tasks.

Download the full role profile for more information, and if you want to apply please contact Caitlin Longman on 07702976613 or caitlin.longman@stroke.org.uk

Reception Support Volunteer (Bromsgrove)

Running an organisation the size of the Stroke Association is a huge undertaking and our hundreds of offices around the UK ensure that we run smoothly. As a Reception Support Volunteer you will be the first contact for callers and visitors to the Centre. You will provide support to the Receptionist on duty and interact with Service users.

Tasks for this role can include:

  • Welcoming Staff and Visitors to the LASC building and displaying a high level of customer service.
  • General reception duties such as using a switchboard telephone and forwarding calls to the required individual.
  • Data input and other computer based administrative tasks.
  • Taking payments for activities and events

This role is based in Bromsgrove Life After Stroke Centre. We need five people all aged over 18 to work flexibly between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Download the full role profile for more information, and if you want to apply please contact Simon Stead on 01527903903 or simon.stead@stroke.org.uk

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