The Conversation Partner Scheme involves trained volunteers visiting people with aphasia (communication difficulties following a stroke) in their home for one hour a week for six months for friendly conversation. The scheme was originally set-up in partnership with Connect, the communication disability network. The Speech and Language Therapy Department will offer you a short training course to enable you to enhance your communication skills with people who have a communication difficulty. You will have support and supervision from the Department and travel expenses can be reimbursed.Through the scheme the volunteer will benefit by gaining confidence in talking to people with communication difficulties and satisfaction from brightening someone else's day. Many volunteers enjoy getting to know their conversation partner and meeting up every week for a chat.
What are they looking for?
There are no specific skills required as training will be given. However, being a friendly, sociable person with lots of patience and good listening skills will help.
Working days are Monday to Friday in the morning and afternoon. Volunteer expenses will be reimbursed.
When: Mornings/Afternoons, Mon-Fri
Age requirements: Over 18
About Adult Speech and Language Therapy (Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust)
The Conversation Partners Scheme aims to reduce the isolation of people in the community who have communication problems following a stroke.
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