Help people who have had stroke

Stroke is the major cause of disability throughout Scottish communities and in Dundee and Angus more than 6,000 people are living with the effects of this condition.

Medical charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland runs stroke services throughout the country and is appealing for volunteers to help operate its local services which are run by coordinators Pamela Crighton, Marie Lindsey and Jill Thain. Pamela explains: “Our Community Services in Dundee and North & Mid Angus support people who have had a stroke, helping them with communication difficulties and offering support and social activities.

“The service depends entirely on the help of local volunteers and all that’s needed is a willingness to help others. Full training is given and expenses reimbursed.”

“Our services are tailored to the needs of the individual but generally involve chatting over a cup of tea in one-to-one or group settings.

“Volunteers are trained for their role in conversation to ensure that the service member can fully contribute despite their communication difficulties.

“One-to-one conversation support may involve supporting a patient on the stroke ward, at home or accompanying the service member when they first access shops or social activities - helping them build confidence and regain independence.

“Volunteers can also support members accessing these services by accompanying them on public transport or by driving them to and from a group.

“If you could spare a few hours to help, not necessarily every week but on a regular basis, we’d love to welcome you to the volunteer team.

“Volunteering gives you the opportunity to learn new skills and use existing ones, meet interesting people and work as part of a team.

“You can put something back into your community and make a real difference in someone’s life.

“Perhaps most importantly, you can enjoy yourself! Our volunteer programme holds the prestigious ‘Investors in Volunteers’ status so you can be sure of a rewarding experience.”

To find out more please call Pamela on 01337 870471 or email pamela.crighton@chss.org.uk

Get in touch today and make a difference to the lives of people in your local community who are affected by stroke.