Community Support Organiser

Stroke survivors and carers may need a wide range of support to help with their stroke recovery. Peer support from other stroke survivors and carers can really make a difference here. This volunteer role gives you the opportunity to get involved in leading a range of informal community-based activities for survivors and carers to support their recovery through sharing experiences with like-minded people.

Tasks this role can include:

  • With the support of Stroke Association staff, leading informal groups for stroke survivors on areas of common interest, such as art, theatre, film, social media.
  • Helping to arrange local visits of interest for survivors and carers to help them to feel more part of their local community (including visiting local Stroke clubs/voluntary groups)
  • Feeding back 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 role gives you the opportunity to get involved in leading a range of informal community-based activities for survivors and carers to support their recovery through sharing experiences with like-minded people.
This is a flexible role and will be dependent 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 both aged over 18. 
Amy Thirtle on 0191 4879 988 or at 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 and 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, ensuring all participants are comfortable and engaged, and 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 through informal progress tracking throughout the 12-week programme, and support stroke survivors and carers to identify ongoing exercise opportunities locally once the 12-week programme has been completed.

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

Area Role specific information Contact
Basildon This group provides exercise sessions for stroke survivors to reduce their risk of further strokes, improve their levels of physical fitness, reduce social isolation and support daily living. As an Exercise Supporter you will be supporting stroke survivors and carers who access this group.
We're looking for an Exercise Supporter to support our group in Basildon. The group meets every Tuesday between 9.30am – 10.30am.
We need six people all aged over 18. 
Kerry Foot on 01284 760006 or volunteeringeast@stroke.org.uk.
Battersea and Tooting Our Moving Forward After Stroke (MFAS) Programme provides exercise and education sessions for stroke survivors. As an Exercise Supporter, you will be supporting stroke survivors and carers who access this service.
The weekly exercise 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 all aged over 18. 
Beth Brown on 020 8871 6756 or beth.brown1@nhs.net
Stockport (local leisure centre yet to be confirmed)
Tameside
Salford
Our Moving Forward After Stroke (MFAS) Programme provides exercise and education sessions for stroke survivors to reduce their risk of further strokes, improve their levels of physical fitness, reduce social isolation and support daily living. As an Exercise Supporter, you will be supporting stroke survivors and carers who access this service.
We're looking for a volunteer Exercise Supporters in the North West to support our Moving Forward after Stroke Programme.
We need six people all aged over 18. 
Eamonn Greene on 07515 597171 or eamonn.greene@stroke.org.uk.

Stroke Ward Referral Officer

We want to make sure that as many as people as possible are able to access the support that Stroke Support can offer.

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

You will work with hospital staff in order 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 and then send these to the Lincolnshire Family & Carer Support Service, and meet regularly with the Family and Carer Support Service Coordinator to discuss the referrals being made.

You’ll collate information packs about the Lincolnshire Family and Carer Support Service, deliver service information packs to stroke survivors and their families and carers on the stroke ward and briefly outlining the service that is offered and answer basic questions that stroke survivors, their families or carers have about the service.

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

We currently offer a range of services covering the whole stroke pathway that supports over 60,000 stroke survivors, carers and families every year, to ensure they get the help they need. Keeping in regular contact with the people we support is an important part of that service.

As a Telephone Support Volunteer, you'll be making regular telephone calls to stroke survivors and carers, who are being supported by the Gateshead Family and Carer Support Service, to check on their progress.

You will make brief follow-up telephone calls to stroke survivors and carers. The aim of these calls will be to check on the stroke survivors progress, identify any additional needs that need to be addressed, signpost to other resources and offer reassurance.

You’ll accurately record, in writing, the details of any calls, highlight and report back to the service coordinator any issues or additional needs that need to be followed up and 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 often complex information.
  • You have excellent communication skills both on the telephone and in writing.
  • You're comfortable talking to a range of different people.
  • 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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