|Name:||Stroke Group Supporter - Nailsea|
|Location:||Nailsea Methodist Church, Silver Street, Nailsea, North Somerset, BS48 2DS|
We are looking for volunteers who are available on Wednesdays mornings 9:45 am -12:15 pm. The group runs every Wednesday but you do not have to commit to every week.
Stroke Association Voluntary Groups provide long term social and peer support to people affected by stroke. They organise events and meet together to reduce social isolation and rebuild the confidence of members. Stroke group supporters assist in the running of one (or more) of these local groups and help support the group members.
What the role involves:
As a stroke group supporter you’d help support group members, but will not be on the committee that runs the group. You’re likely to be involved in the following:
• Assisting group committee members in arranging activities and events by providing information and contacting local activity and/or service providers.
• Supporting people to take part in activities organised for the group.
• Helping to set-up and clear away venues where the group meets.
• Meeting and greeting group members, and helping them feel supported.
• Preparing and providing refreshments.
• Potentially helping with other tasks that ensure the smooth running of the group such as risk assessments, first aid and gathering feedback from group members.
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. 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.
What we are looking for
• To be an effective service group supporter you will be someone who is good at working with people and helping to support them at meetings and events.
• If you enjoy helping with community group activities and working with others to get things done then this might be the role for you.
• Our service group supporters also need a friendly and approachable manner and be comfortable welcoming people to the group.
• As a stroke group supporter you’ll be helping the committee to develop a supportive community for stroke survivors in your local area.
• The role provides an opportunity to engage with your local community, meet new people and be part of a vibrant and engaging local team.
• It also offers you the chance to develop new skills with a well-respected charity which can improve your CV and employability.
• Our stroke group supporters tell us that this role is a great way to engage with, and support, their local community. They feel like they are making a difference and giving something back.
|Expenses:||Agreed travel expenses can be reimbursed|
|Insurance Cover:||Public Liability|
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