Press release -
Stroke Association calls for volunteers to help support service in Kirklees
The Stroke Association is calling on volunteers across Kirklees to help support their Communication Support Service, and make a real difference to people in the area who have been affected by stroke.
The charity is appealing for volunteers to assist at their long term Communication Support Groups in Heckmondwike and Oakes, as well as their Communication Workshops in Huddersfield.
More than 152,000 people have a stroke every year in the UK, and one third will have aphasia. Aphasia affects people’s ability to communicate, whether it is speaking, reading, writing or understanding. The Communication Support Service helps stroke survivors cope with aphasia and difficulty in using language, to build up confidence and help people achieve their best possible recovery.
The volunteer role would provide support to stroke survivors to communicate in groups and help stroke survivors communicate one to one in their homes. The volunteers would also help to develop new communication activities and attend stroke prevention and awareness events.
Victoria Moorhouse, Communication Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association said: “We’d love for people in Kirklees to volunteer for the Stroke Association. Volunteering is a rewarding experience that helps the heart of your community. This is a really exciting opportunity to work with stroke survivors and their families, offering support and encouragement, and enabling them to build confidence.
“Our volunteers must have good communication skills and be empathetic. They need to be comfortable with giving emotional support and be a good listener. The Stroke Association will provide full training and support.”
If you are interested in volunteering for the Stroke Association, please contact Victoria Moorhouse on 01484 715414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity which campaigns to improve stroke care; supports people to make the best recovery they can; and funds ground-breaking research to change the lives of people affected by stroke. For more information about stroke, visit www.stroke.org.uk or call the helpline on 0303 3033 100.
A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.
Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk