Newry volunteers urgently needed for local stroke support programme

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Friday, November 21st, 2014
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The Stroke Association is in need of volunteers in the Newry area to work as part of a communication skills development programme for stroke survivors who have aphasia (communication difficulties). The Stroke Association is the only UK wide charity solely dedicated to combating stroke in people of all ages. Their services directly help people affected by stroke and their families and carers. They raise essential funds and sponsor research into prevention, treatment and better methods of rehabilitation and also campaign, educate and inform to increase knowledge and understanding of stroke at all levels of society. Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, Amy Kennedy explained, “We rely on our volunteers to help us provide support to the thousands of stroke survivors across Northern Ireland. The Stroke Association Communication Support volunteer will assist group members in undertaking therapy activities during weekly meetings.” The meetings will take place on Wednesday mornings 11.00am – 1.00pm in Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, 1a Bank Parade. Volunteers are needed to assist the Speech and Language Therapy Assistant with a range of activities. Amy continued, “Other aspects of the role include supporting stroke survivors whose communication has been affected by their stroke in order to build confidence and promote independence within a group setting as well as spending time listening to and supporting group members.” A full role description is available on request. Training and support will be provided by the Stroke Association as well as expenses. Please note that an Access NI check at enhanced level will also be required for this role. Through volunteering with the Stroke Association you will hopefully gain satisfaction knowing that your support will make such a significant difference to not only the work of the Stroke Association but to the lives of stroke survivors and their families. Anyone over the age of 18, whatever their race or religion can volunteer. Whatever your reason for volunteering, the Stroke Association would greatly welcome your support. For further information or to express an interest in volunteering with the Stroke Association, please contact Janice Kirkpatrick on 028 9050 8029 or email janice.kirkpatrick@stroke.org.uk

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