Our volunteers, our ambassadors
Bristol After Stroke simply could not operate without the untiring commitment of our volunteers. They don't just help run our groups, café sessions and courses but they provide friendship and encouragement to our service users, 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.
- Some volunteers have had strokes themselves, adding experience and empathy to the role.
- Many of our former service users 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!
Click on the link below to see a 40 second video from Jenny our senior volunteer - about volunteering for Bristol After Stroke:
What could you do?
Our Stroke Support Groups are back running Face to Face (we moved them temporarily online because of the Covid 19 Pandemic.) The groups are looking to recruit new volunteers to help with the activities that are run as well as provide encouragement and empathy to group members which will support them with their rehabilitation.
Can you help with Fundraising? Maybe you would like to organise your own event or support at a charity collection or information stall?
Have you had a Stroke and received support from Bristol After Stroke? Maybe you would be willing to share your stroke story or see how you can support and relate to other people who have had a stroke?
There are many ways you can get involved and for more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator Lucy Stockall on [email protected]
We have the following roles available:
Aphasia Group Volunteers:
Bristol After Stroke is facilitating existing peer-led communication groups in South Gloucestershire for people with “aphasia” (communication difficulties after a stroke). The Aphasia Groups provide an environment for people with aphasia to practice conversation skills and share communication skills and tips.
The established groups – which consist of around 8 people per group need a volunteer to support the sessions and create an encouraging supportive environment.
We need volunteers in Thornbury (2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month) 10.15am -12.15pm (details in attachment below)
We need volunteers in Yate (1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month) 10.15am -12.15pm (details in attachment below)
We need volunteers in Longwell Green (1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month) 1.15 -3.15pm (details in attachment below)
South Gloucestershire Stroke Cafe Volunteer
We are so pleased to be starting an additional Stroke Cafe in South Gloucestershire from April and we are looking for some more volunteers to help. Our Stroke Cafes are drop in events that give people affected by stroke the opportunity to meet others affected by stroke, hear informative talks, meet staff and volunteers as well as find out more about the services Bristol After Stroke provide and arrange for further contact. For more information look at the role description below.
We are looking to recruit a Marketing Volunteer to help to raise our profile; we want more people to be aware of our services so if they need our support they know how to access it. We also want more people to think of us as a charity to support through fundraising. If you would like to apply please complete a Volunteer Application form at the bottom of the page. We welcome applications from the stroke community.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual with an eye to detail who can help us through photography to highlight the importance of what Bristol After Stroke do. This unique role allows you to indulge your creative passions and skills and produce great quality images for us to use in leaflets, our website and on social media.
Volunteer Roles to Support our Weekly Stroke Support Groups:
The Bedminster Group takes place on a Thursday Morning:
The Lyde Green Group tales place on a Wednesday Afternoon:
Could you help us?
If you would like to apply for one of these volunteer opportunities please complete the application form below and email it to [email protected] alternatively send me an email including your name and contact telephone number and I get in touch to talk about our opportunities and how you might like to help.