People with aphasia come along to have a chat with someone who has time to talk. Someone who will listen. Someone who will help them say what they want.
Using the supported conversation tips of writing things down, taking time to listen, and using visual props such as diagrams, maps or pictures can make conversations run more smoothly. Playing games or sharing discussions of magazines or photos is fun too. Helping conversations happen between people is crucial.
Our volunteers are an important part of what makes our activities successful. All our volunteers are given support and advice in these supported conversations. We also offer annual Communication with Aphasia training through the Speech and Language Therapy department at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. At all our groups volunteers help out with other practical tasks too such as setting up or clearing the room.
Volunteers at our Singing groups join in with the singing as well as helping with the refreshments and conversations at break time. So everyone gets a chance to sing (and yes, everyone can sing!).
We warmly welcome volunteers who’d like to have a great time chatting and meeting people and who will make a difference to the lives of people with aphasia and their families. Here’s what some of our volunteers have said about their experience with us.
“I enjoy getting to know people – we have lots of varied conversations and a few laughs, all over tea and cake – the perfect way to spend a couple of hours!”
“For anybody interested in language, communication and stroke the group provides a great opportunity to learn about what it’s like for people living with aphasia … and the different ways in which you can support people with communication difficulties.”
If you’re over 18 and keen to support people living with aphasia Contact us. Or visit our volunteer opportunities on the National Volunteering Database and the Volunteer Bureau at Exeter Volunteer Centre