Volunteer Speech Support Worker
Hosted by: Speak With IT

Speak With IT match people with aphasia (speech and communication difficulties) with a trained volunteer who will support the person to work on their goals using a variety of computer therapy programs. We are recruiting for Volunteer Speech Support Workers across Yorkshire who can provide valuable one to one support for people with aphasia on speech therapy apps. Our volunteers support people with aphasia in their own home and over videocalls, with visits organised around your availability and the people you are supporting.
Volunteers will schedule appointments each month to check on their client’s progress with the apps, make sure the exercises are an adequate challenge and that they are focused on working towards useful goals for the client such as learning to text.
Volunteers will also provide a link to the world outside, as many of our clients are socially isolated or may be choosing to shield. Conversation with their volunteer, someone trained to communicate with them effectively can be massively beneficial to both communication and overall mood.

Days required: Mon AM, Mon PM, Tues AM, Tues PM, Weds AM, Weds PM, Thur AM, Thur PM, Fri AM, Fri PM, Sat AM, Sat PM, Sun AM, Sun PM

How many volunteers are needed:

5

Recruitment process:

To apply to become a SWIT volunteer, prospective applicants will firstly be required to fill out an application form. This will request the provision of two referees whom the charity will contact directly to comment on your suitability for the role. Once we have received satisfactory references we will support you to apply for an Enhanced DBS Check (formerly CRB) at no cost to you - this is necessary for supporting vulnerable adults in their homes. Once all of these elements have been returned to us, you will be invited to a full day induction, where training on Aphasia and computer therapy will be delivered by a qualified Speech and Language Therapist.

Skills and quaifications:

Volunteers must be IT literate, friendly, positive and patient. A self starter who is able to work independently. This opportunity would particularly benefit students who are keen to develop a career in speech and language therapy or the wider healthcare sector; or people who have recently retired and would like to give back to their community.
Availability must be during the day due to the nature of the physical condition the people we help are living with. Owning your own transport is definitely an advantage but not mandatory. All our volunteers are subject to Enhanced DBS checks and we request two references.

Suitable for specific groups: Employee volunteering, Unemployed
Gender restrictions?: No
Type of activity: Befriending and buddying, Caring, Community Work, Computers and technology, Languages