Communication Course Volunteer

Stroke Association

Name: Communication Course Volunteer
Organisation: Stroke Association
Location: Stroke Association, 2nd Floor, Castlewood, Tickenham Road, Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 6FW
Type: Part Time
Our courses run for 10 weeks then we start another on for another 10 weeks. It moves every 10 weeks to a different venue, so you could move with it or wait until it comes back to you. Presently we are running the courses on Monday or Tuesday Mornings 10 am until 12.30 pm


Volunteer Communication support workers, can you help people find ways to communicate in a small friendly group. We will be following a 10 week course programme that can be adapted to suit our clients. Courses ideas are welcome throughout the course

Your main activities will be:

Supporting people to communicate and shared to a small group.

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Organisation Description

The Stroke Association was formed in 1992 out of the Chest, Heart and Stroke Association (CHASA), to focus exclusively on stroke. The preceding decades had seen the development of community based rehabilitation programs based on the work of Valerie Eaton Griffiths with actress Patricia Neal – wife of author Roald Dahl - following her series of severe strokes in the 1960s.[3] Supported by the CHASA, these services became an increasingly significant part of their work until the charity decided to focus all of its attention and resources on stroke to become the Stroke Association.
The Stroke Association provides a wide range of Life After Stroke services to meet the needs of stroke survivors and carers across the UK. Services include the Stroke Recovery Service, Communication Support Service, Emotional Support Service, Exercise-based Rehabilitation Service, Post Stroke Review service and Caring and You; which helped over 58,000 stroke survivors across the UK in 2016-17. These services operate in England (including the Isle of Man and Jersey), Wales and Northern Ireland.


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Cause / Interests

  • Disability
  • Education and Literacy
  • Elderly
  • Mentoring

Types of Activity

  • General and Helping
  • Teaching, Training and Coaching

Skills and Qualifications


What we are looking for:
Good communication skills
Polite and friendly manner


All new volunteers are invited to shadow an existing volunteer to gain an overview of the role and how the organisation works.
A general induction will be given by the stroke association
We offer a full training programme to those who want to complete and gain new skills
All Volunteers will be DBS checked.

Meeting new people – both clients and fellow volunteers
Have conversations with people about many different things
Learn new skills
Mileage allowance within agreed guidelines paid
Opportunity to work as part of the team & feedback to how the programme can be improved
Team events and trips

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: We provide mileage or bus travel expenses, unfortunately we do not provide lunch expenses
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Every volunteer will receive an induction
Insurance Cover: Public Liability Insurance
Special Needs: NA
Offer: The Co-ordinator will support.
Training: Training is provided
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, DBS Check, Interview, Taster session