Volunteer Speech Support Worker
Hosted by: Speak With IT

Speak With IT is a Yorkshire based charity that helps people with aphasia. Aphasia can follow a stroke or brain injury and the condition not only affects a person’s ability to speak and/or comprehend, it can also have a devastating impact on other aspects of their life. We specialise in using computer therapy to support people with aphasia and were awarded funding from the Big Lottery in 2017 to develop our support in Yorkshire.

Volunteers will visit people with aphasia in their own home and support them to work on communication goals using a variety of computer therapy programs and supported conversation techniques. It takes as little as 2 hours a month to support someone with aphasia and whilst the commitment may seem small, the impact can be huge.

Main Tasks:
- Develop a good understanding of the computer therapy programs the charity supports
- Visit clients in their own home and support with communication goals. Minimum one visit per client per month.
- Complete client visit report and return to Volunteer Coordinator
- Attend regular training organised by charity

Person Specification:
- Demonstrate a commitment for supporting people with aphasia
- IT literate
- Friendly, positive and patient
- A self-starter who is able to work independently

This is a great opportunity for someone wanting to give back to their community by helping people at high risk of social isolation. Volunteers work in partnership with their clients to develop a learning friendship based on mutual respect and strong rapport. Computer therapy has been found to be at its most effective when used in combination with supported conversation, so we're looking for volunteers confident they can have a good natter!

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:

No formal qualifications are required for the role, but because of the supportive nature of the role we look for volunteers who can demonstrate: good communication skills, patience, empathy and confidence.

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