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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

Are you looking for support after stroke or brain injury? If someone you care for is recovering from a stroke or brain injury, or living with long term communication difficulties, then you will probably be looking for all the support and resources you can get. Speak With IT can help. Interactive speech and language therapy tool for adults with a communication impairment due to aphasia after stroke or brain injuries or cognitive communication disorder after brain injury.
As a charity we offer support from trained volunteers to help anyone with aphasia to use computer software programmes that are available to assist speech recovery. At the moment we only provide for the Step-by-Step programme and React2 programme, but we intend to be support other programmes in the near future. We will offer to support your use of the programme for as long and as often as is suitable for your needs. All we ask is that the programme is used on a regular basis – at least 3 or 4 times a week for 20 to 30 minutes at a time where possible.

Charity number: 1143106

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