Gloucester Speakablity 2001 - 2007
I co-founded this self-help group and was a committee member throughout.
AphasiaNow 2008 - ongoing
I chair this weekly support group. More .. here
I was a Befriender. It took Connect for ever to get me a Befriendee. In the two years I ever only had two, and lots and lots of meetings and paperwork to read. The initial local co-ordinator had little idea what Aphasia meant and even less how to support us, the Befrienders.
Independece Trust 2014/2015
I underwent countless hours of training and hundreds of pages of policies.
It took the trust twelve month to find me my first "client". I was able to introduce her to new opportunities and help, such as Stroud food bank, the library and more. I never had a word of thanks from the trust but was asked to fill yet more, this time feedback, forms. So I resigned.
Age UK 2015 - ongoing
Since the initial short training I have been able to work as a "Home from Hospital" volunteer. I have had many clients, every time followed up with an appreciative letter from Age UK.
I feel valued and love working for Age UK!