Communication Group Facilitator - Shaughnessy Stroke Recovery Branch

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Position description: 

Do you have a background in Speech-Language Pathology, Linguistics, teaching, or supporting people with communication challenges - or a desire to get (back) into that field?
Are you looking for an opportunity to stay involved with the field, and/or to practice your skills?

The Stroke Recovery Association of BC (SRABC) offers programs to help stroke survivors and their families/caregivers improve their quality of life after stroke.
At the Vancouver Shaughnessy Branch, stroke survivors participate in exercises, communication practice, and educational opportunities, and enjoy social interaction and peer support. It's a friendly, close-knit, fun, supportive and social group, and participants and their spouses/caregivers enjoy their time chatting over lunch as much as the more structured parts of the program.
We are looking for volunteers to (co-)facilitate a small conversation group for people with aphasia. Training will be provided, built on the Life Participation Approach for People with Aphasia.
Perfect for a retired SLP, SLPA, teachers that want to contribute in a meaningful way. Also a great fit for people who want to gain experience with the target group, and build up a solid resume!

The Vancouver Shaughnessy Branch meets every Tuesday from 10:30 AM to 2 PM, at the Shaughnessy Heights United Church (33rd and Granville, free street parking).

March of Dimes Canada is proud to be affiliated with SRABC, and the two organizations collaborate on volunteer recruitment and engagement.

Deliverables/Duties: 

Deliver small group and/or one-on-one communication activities (conversation group, word games, etc) for people with aphasia.

Qualifications: 

- Group facilitation experience (required)
- Experience working with people with communication challenges such as aphasia (preferred)
- Experience working with people with a disability and/or seniors, or a desire to learn
- Friendly, warm, interested in talking with people
- Energetic, enthusiastic and encouraging
- Patient, kind and empathetic
- Team player
- Conscientious and reliable

Perfect for a retired SLP or SLPA, or an SLP or Linguistics student who is interested in the field.

Role is suitable for: 
Adult
Senior
Additional Information: 

- Be part of a friendly community group
- Make a difference to people recovering from stroke
- Get to know people in your community
- Excellent opportunity for acquiring volunteer hours in a health-related field
- Gain knowledge in understanding the needs of those impacted by the effects of a stroke

Volunteers are required to undergo screening, including a police record check, to work with vulnerable adults.

How to apply: 
Please email us for more information and an application form.
Contact person: 
Vicki Pilot
Contact e-mail: 
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Disability Services
Health, Social Services
Seniors
Mission:
Through its local Stroke Recovery Branches, SRABC is committed to assisting stroke survivors and their caregivers throughout the province to improve their overall quality of life. March of Dimes Canada's Mission is to maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with disabilities.
Position type:
Skilled Role:
Yes
Number of volunteers required:
4
Position start/end date:
5 Sep 2017
Time Committment:
4 Hours Per Week
Time of day:
Daytime, Weekdays
Work location:
Shaughnessy Heights United Church
1550 W 33rd Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M 1A7