Bucks Stroke Support needs Volunteers

  |  Published: May 16th 2014

Bucks Stroke Support are looking to recruit  volunteers to help support the work Stroke Association coordinators carry out with stroke survivors in Buckinghamshire.

One in six of us will have a stroke, although more of us are surviving than ever before, stroke is still the largest cause of adult disability. With the support of Buckinghamshire County Council, the Stroke Association is working in Bucks to ensure that stroke survivors and their carers are given the support they need to rebuild their lives. This is where you come in, we are looking for a variety of people with differing skills to support our work in clients home and at stroke support events.

Living with a disability after a sudden stroke can leave you isolated and lacking in confidence. We are looking for befrienders and peer supporters to help reduce social isolation and improve the confidence and self-esteem of stroke survivors. If you have excellent listening skills, are empathetic and non-judgemental then you could be the person to support a client 1:1 either face to face in the clients home or on the phone. If you are reliable and responsible you could help stroke survivors to achieve personal goals and become more independent. Confidence in yourself and an awareness and understanding of disability can give you the opportunity to engage with your local community.

Good organisational and listening skills are also invaluable with helping at our stroke support sessions and events. We run a series of support information sessions and coffee mornings and are looking for help in arranging activities and events. Supporting clients at meetings, greeting service users and providing refreshments, a friendly warm smile and empathetic nature go a long way to making a stroke survivor feel relaxed and confident.

We have a variety of different opportunities available within Buckinghamshire and all our volunteer opportunities are flexible so can fit around your existing commitments, why not give us a call and let us know how you can help in our valuable work in the local community.  Contact us on 0300 3300761 or email: bucksstrokesupport@stroke.org.uk

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