Speak With IT is a Yorkshire based charity that helps people with aphasia. Aphasia can follow a stroke or brain injury and the condition not only affects a person’s ability to speak and/or comprehend, it can also have a devastating impact on other aspects of their life. We specialise in using computer therapy to support people with aphasia and were awarded funding from the Big Lottery in 2017 to develop our support in Yorkshire.
We offer a person-centric approach to our support placing the emphasis on working on improving the skills that our client has identified as being the priority. We aim to develop strong bonds of friendship enabling us to encourage and motivate our clients to work towards their goals. We provide long term one to one support in a person’s own home using specialist aphasia software to help people regain confidence, improve upon skills of language and communication, lose their feeling of isolation and get back into the wider community.
Volunteer Role TitleVolunteer Speech Support Worker
About the Volunteer RoleVolunteers visit people with aphasia in their own home and support them to work on communication goals using a variety of computer therapy programs and supported conversation techniques. The computer software replicates techniques used by qualified speech and language therapists to encourage word production and language comprehension. Volunteers visit clients monthly, on a 1-2-1 basis, to develop a learning partnership as well as being a conversation partner for their client. At each visit the volunteer will review the client’s progress with the computer exercises and set new exercises building on skills of language and communication. It takes as little as 2 hours a month to support someone with aphasia and whilst the commitment may seem small, the impact volunteers have can be huge. Speak With IT looks for volunteers who can demonstrate a commitment to supporting people with aphasia. Volunteers are expected to develop a good understanding of the computer therapy programs the charity supports. Because the role is largely technical, we set the expectation that volunteers attend regular training organised by charity (at least one session per year) . Whilst no formal qualifications are necessary to apply, we look for people who are IT literate, empathetic, patient and positive. As much of a volunteer’s work is conducted without supervision, we recruit self-starters who are able to work independently.
Type Of RegularFlexible
Suitable for under 18'sYes
Minimum Age16 years
Type of roleBefriending/Support/Care, IT/Social Media, Teaching/Mentoring
Special RequirementsApplication form required, References required, Requires a DBS, We offer travel expenses.
Anywhere in Kirklees