Our volunteers, our ambassadors
Bristol After Stroke simply could not operate without the untiring commitment of a small army of volunteers. They don't just help run our groups and café sessions, they provide friendship and encouragement to our clients, and assist the vital work of fundraising and publicity.
What they do directly affects the lives and recovery of the people who have suffered a stroke, as well as help their carers and families. Sometimes, attending a group or cafe will be someone’s only outing of the week: the stimulation, encouragement and support our volunteers provide make a real difference to their lives. Talk to any of them and they will tell you just how satisfying it can be.
- Some volunteers have had strokes themselves, adding experience and empathy to the role. Many of our former clients now volunteer with us, giving back to a service that has helped them
- Volunteering can also present a good opportunity to gain valuable experience to help you in the job market or with a specific career goal
- It can also prove a lot of fun – and a great way to make new friends!
What could you do?
We always need people to help our groups, cafes and courses - making and serving refreshments, coordinating and demonstrating activities, assisting people to move around, but most importantly providing companionship, conversation and empathy to our service users.
Occasionally, we invite volunteers to help with fundraising activities such as holding a bucket or collecting tin, staffing an information stall, or you could offer support with administration, publicity and media.
We have the following roles available:
This is an exciting new role - 'The Video Conferencing Support Volunteer' will help people who want to access some of our groups and courses that are currently being run via 'Zoom' but don't have the to technical skills:
Although we aren't running our Stroke Cafes and Weekly Groups in their usual format at the moment, we are still recruiting for volunteers for when they are back up and running:
We particularly need people at our South Gloucestershire Stroke Cafe based in Downend, which usually takes place on the 2nd Friday of every month in the morning.
We are also recruiting for volunteers for our Weekly Stroke Support Groups
Activities and Group Volunteer- South Bristol (Bedminster - Thursdays am)
Activities and Group Volunteer - Fishponds (Wednesdays am)
Activities and Group Volunteer - Shirehampton (Thursdays pm)
We are recruiting for a Conversation After Stroke Volunteer to help at our monthly Aphasia Café on the 1st Monday of every month in the centre of Bristol.
Could you help us?
Do get in touch if you feel you have some time you can spare – even if it is only a few hours a month.
To register your interest in volunteering with us please complete the enquiry form here, or to apply download and fill in this form and return it to the address Volunteer_Application_Form.doc