Stroke support programme

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THE Stroke Association is in need of volunteers in the Portstewart area to work as part of a communication skills development programme for stroke survivors who have aphasia (communication difficulties).

Speech & Language Therapist Sharon Millar explains;

“We rely on our volunteers to help us provide support to the thousands of stroke survivors across Northern Ireland. The Stroke Association Communication Development Programme volunteer would spend time with and support members during weekly meetings which will take place at Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart every Wednesday from 10am-12pm for the Stage 3 group and 1.30pm-3.30pm for Stage 1. Two volunteers will be needed to assist the Speech and Language Therapist with a range of activities.

“Other aspects of the role includes helping members undertake activities and social events and spending time listening to and supporting 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.”

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