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Speech Support Worker

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Speech Support Worker
Speak With IT
Description of the role:

With kindness and compassion the volunteer will support individuals dealing with communication problems caused by Aphasia to improve their speech, communication skills and confidence.
They will provide 1-to-1 coaching to patients in using specialist Speech and Language therapy software programmes. Volunteers will visit clients at their home in order to provide assistance on using the programmes.
Due to the restrictions in place relating to Covid-19, we are also offering this role virtually, meaning clients and volunteers connect over the videocalling platform, Zoom, to access therapy. Additional training is provided for this new virtual role and volunteers can opt to support purely virtually, face-to-face or adopt a mixed approach.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

IT literate. Friendly, positive and patient. A self starter who is able to work independently. No qualifications required.

Practical information:

We request a minimum of 12 months commitment and a commitment to help a minimum of two clients (preferably more) within your geographical location. The amount of time required to support one client is generally 1 hour plus travel time per month. Visits take place at the client's home address or over Zoom. The volunteering opportunity is flexible and is based around your availability. Full training is provided including an induction, focused training on the Speech and language therapy software programmes (React2, Cuespeak, StepbyStep and TACTUS), visit practice and shadowing of the Service Coordinator. A volunteer handbook is provided and all travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.


Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Age 17+
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 22.09.2020
Organisation Information

Speak With IT match people with aphasia (speech and communication difficulties) with a trained volunteer who will support the person to work on their goals using a variety of computer therapy programs available on Windows, iPad and Android devices, alongside supported conversation techniques.
All our volunteers are trained by speech therapists on the various computer therapy programs we support as well as supported conversation techniques to assist with befriending our clients, who are often elderly.
Speak With IT lends equipment and software to people so that they can test and determine which program best suits their needs. Our volunteers visit clients in their homes or online over Zoom videocalls (depending on availability and preference) to support them as they try the various therapies, giving family members and carers a little respite.
Role description:
Speak With IT are recruiting for Volunteer Speech Support Workers across Yorkshire who can provide valuable one to one support for people with aphasia on speech therapy apps. Our volunteers support people with aphasia in their own home and over videocalls, with visits organised around your availability and the people you are supporting.
Volunteers will schedule appointments each month to check on their client’s progress with the apps, make sure the exercises are an adequate challenge and that they are focussed on working towards useful goals for the client such as learning to text.
Volunteers will also provide a link to the world outside, as many of our clients are socially isolated or may be choosing to shield. Conversation with their volunteer, someone trained to communicate with them effectively can be massively beneficial to both communication and overall mood.

Skills required:
Volunteers must be IT literate, friendly, positive and patient. A self starter who is able to work independently. This opportunity would particularly benefit students who are keen to develop a career in speech and language therapy or the wider healthcare sector; or people who have recently retired and would like to give back to their community.
Availability must be during the day due to the nature of the physical condition the people we help are living with. Owning your own transport is definitely an advantage but not mandatory. All our volunteers are subject to Enhanced DBS checks and we request two references.
Skills gained:
This volunteer role is perfect for someone with an interest in speech and language therapy or the wider healthcare sector and/or someone who wants to give back to their community.
Volunteers will be trained by qualified speech and language therapists and will learn how to use a variety of computer therapies and supported conversation techniques.

Charity number: 1143106

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