IN Dundee and Angus more than 6,000 people are living with the effects strokes.
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.”
The 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. If you could spare a few hours to help, not necessarily every week but on a regular basis, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland would love to welcome you to the volunteer team. To find out more please call Pamela on 01337 870471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Please get in touch today and make a difference to the lives of people in your local community who are affected by stroke.