The Communication Assistant will provide communication support during two-hour meetings designed to improve public speaking and leadership skills for adults who have aphasia. Aphasia is a communication disorder most often a result of a stroke. The volunteer will help members practice their speeches or meeting role prior to meetings and attend briefings and debriefings to foster knowledge and development of skills. The volunteer will also help with the setting up (the room and refreshments) and packing up after the meeting.
Volunteers are trained, supervised and supported by a speech-language therapist at most meetings, club members and spouses will also be available for support. Specific training will be provided around aphasia, supportive communication techniques and the Toastmasters meeting format and structure. Ongoing support provided with briefings and debriefings before and after most meetings to talk through any questions, concerns or new learning.
The ideal candidate will have a desire to learn and work with people with communication challenges. No public speaking experience is needed nor knowledge of Toastmasters International, but volunteers must be fluent in both verbal and written English.
As the volunteer will be working with vulnerable people a Police Check is required.
Every Friday from 9am - 1pm from 5th March to end October 2020. There will be a four week mid-term break during June/July. We are looking for a long-term commitment for this role from March to October.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.