Volunteer Speech Support Worker
Hosted by: Speak With IT

This skilled befriending role involves supporting a client with aphasia in a one-to-one capacity to work on their speech and communication using speech therapy apps and supported conversation techniques. Volunteers are supported by the Service Coordinator and Speech and Language Therapist to complete the following duties:
- Working one-to-one with a SWIT client on the videocall scheme, or face-to-face in the client’s home.
- Reading and interpreting speech and language therapist referrals.
- Developing a good understanding of the speech therapy apps recommended for use by the speech and language therapist.
- Devising a bespoke care plan for the SWIT client, targeting specific functional goals.
- Hosting regular sessions with the client to review progress and relevancy of exercises set.
- Providing the opportunity for supported conversation practice using a variety of resources and mediums.
- Submitting weekly visit reports detailing the actions taken in each session.
- Attending regular training and supervision in-line with the expectations of the role.

Days required: Mon AM, Mon PM, Tues AM, Tues PM, Weds AM, Weds PM, Thur AM, Thur PM, Fri AM, Fri PM, Sat AM, Sat PM

How many volunteers are needed:

5

Recruitment process:

To apply to become a SWIT volunteer, prospective applicants will firstly be required to fill out an application form. This will request the provision of two referees whom the charity will contact directly to comment on your suitability for the role. Once we have received satisfactory references we will support you to apply for an Enhanced DBS Check (formerly CRB) at no cost to you - this is necessary for supporting vulnerable adults in their homes. Once all of these elements have been returned to us, you will be invited to a full day induction, where training on Aphasia and computer therapy will be delivered by a qualified Speech and Language Therapist.

Skills and quaifications:

This opportunity is particularly well suited for:
Students of speech and language therapy, or those looking to explore or develop a career in that area.
People looking for experience managing an adult with support needs in a one-to-one capacity.
People looking to engage in outreach work in their community, as this role involves visiting people local to you at their home or over videocall.
People looking for a skilled befriending role with impressive responsibilities, this opportunity is sure to look good on any CV.
People looking for a flexible volunteer role with low monthly commitment and hours arranged flexibly.
People looking for a unique voluntary experience – Speak With IT is the only charity of its kind across the country and the only charity offering this role.
Practical considerations:
Recruitment opens periodically throughout the year for training dates held in February, May, September and November.
Minimum commitment of 6 months from client match (approximately 9 months from application). This is because SWIT work with adults with low confidence and time taken to develop a rapport with a client is integral to building trust.
SWIT asks volunteers to support a minimum of 2 clients, face-to-face or over our videocall scheme. Typical working hours will vary depending on how frequently appointments are organised, so this will roughly range between 6 – 12 hours per month including travel time and report writing.

Suitable for specific groups: Employee volunteering, Unemployed
Gender restrictions?: No
Type of activity: Befriending and buddying, Caring, Community Work, Computers and technology, Languages