What will I be doing?

Our Life After Stroke Services support over 60,000 stroke survivors, carers and families every year to ensure they get the help they need. For many people having a stroke means they have to give up paid work which can lead to social isolation and loss of confidence. As a Back to Work Peer Support Mentor, you'll use your own experience of stroke to help stroke survivors on their journey back to paid work. This role covers all areas of London, however, much of the work will be online or on the telephone. You'll be:

  • Using your own experience of stroke you will be empowering, motivating and inspiring stroke survivors to return to paid work by supporting them face to face, on the phone or online using email and Skype.
  • Supporting stroke survivors to achieve personal goals that they have identified as being important to them in order to get back to paid work.
  • Using your knowledge of local services and organisations you will be supporting and signposting stroke survivors to a range of opportunities.
  • Encouraging stroke survivors to get involved with other Stroke Association activities and events.

What skills and experience do I need?

  • You're a stroke survivor and are able to use your experience of stroke appropriately to support others.
  • You're able to communicate effectively in writing, over the phone and in person.
  • You are understanding, empathetic and non-judgemental.
  • You're able to use a range of IT systems such as email and Skype.
  • You're able to work without direct supervision on a day to day basis but be comfortable working with a wider team.
  • You're willing to undertake the necessary training to undertake this role.
  • You have experience of coaching of mentoring others in a paid or voluntary capacity (not essential).

What skills and experience will I gain?

  • Practical experience of working with people who have been affected by stroke.
  • A greater understanding and awareness of stroke and its effects and the challenges people face after stroke.
  • An opportunity to engage with your local community.
  • An opportunity to gain experience with a well-respected charity delivering sector-leading services.
  • Introduction to Mentoring and Befriending training.
  • Lone working, personal safety and safeguarding training (online).
  • Regular and ongoing support from a named member of staff.
  • Ongoing training and support as the role requires.
  • Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

When do you need me?

  • This is a flexible role and will be dependent on the needs of the people we support. In most cases, however, there will be an expectation of at least 10 hours per month for a minimum of three months.

Is this a one-off opportunity?

  • No

How many people are needed?

  • 10

Any age restrictions?

  • You must be over 18 years of age.