About this opportunity
About the organisation
The Stroke Foundation is a national charity that partners with the community to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery. We stand alongside stroke survivors and their families, healthcare professionals and researchers. We build community awareness and foster new thinking. We support survivors on their journey to live the best possible life after stroke.
Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability, yet it can be prevented and it can be treated. It is estimated more than 27,000 Australians will experienced stroke for the first time in their lives this year, which equates to one stroke experienced every 19 minutes. There are more than 445,000 survivors of stroke living in our community. Stroke attacks the brain, the human control centre, changing lives in an instant. It can impact anyone at any time.
Our vision is a world free from disability and suffering caused by stroke. We rely on the generosity of the community to undertake our work.
Our values of Courage, Excellence, Compassion, Integrity and Leadership guide us in our work and are central to our culture, as is our commitment to the community we serve.
About the program
The Stroke Foundation’s Brand and Community Engagement team aims to raise the profile of stroke as a major health issue and the role of the Stroke Foundation in fighting it.
A key component is stroke prevention and awareness activities. StrokeSafe presentations are offered across Australia to community groups, workplaces and as part of special events. Talks are delivered by trained volunteers to groups to raise awareness of what stroke is, how to reduce stroke risk, how to recognise the signs of stroke (using the F.A.S.T. test) and what services are provided by the Stroke Foundation. Training and presentation resources are provided to ensure StrokeSafe presentations are delivered consistently across Australia.
Stroke Foundation volunteers also assist in delivering a number of community events and programs nationally and within specific states including:
- Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check
- National Stroke Week (August)
- Education sessions at health and wellness events
- Displays at other community events such as shopping centres or festivals
Roles & Responsibilities
- Complete an average of 10 events/presentations per calendar year in your local area
- Proactively promote presentations within your local community and encourage a variety of groups to host a presentation, especially those in priority areas (culturally and linguistically diverse communities)
- Deliver endorsed messages in StrokeSafe presentations in a consistent and approved manner
- Distribute any resources relevant to each presentation
- Assist with specific Stroke Foundation events - duties may include greeting and marshalling attendees, assisting with questionnaires, distributing information and being a media Ambassador
- Process any relevant reimbursement claims in a timely manner including providing any required supporting material
- Notify manager of any issues in a prompt manner or any if your availability changes
- Other duties as required
- Note –volunteers are not permitted to give any medical advice or answer any questions that are medical in nature
By participating as a volunteer, you will support the local state team and the national Brand and Community Engagement team to deliver agreed work plans and educate Australians about stroke.
Your background, skills and experience
- Ability to speak one or several of the following languages Greek, Italian, Vietnamese, Hindi, Korean or Arabic
- Good verbal communication skills in English and in-language to deliver clear information to community groups
- Willingness to learn and become familiar with content of StrokeSafe presentation
- Willingness to proactively promote the StrokeSafe presentations within your local community
- Basic computer literacy and a willingness to learn
- Majority of talks occur during business hours, therefore availability during these hours would be highly regarded
- Ability to work with others and understand the perspectives of others
- Enthusiastic, confident and a positive outlook
- Punctual and well presented
- National Police Check required
- No prior experience required
The Stroke Foundation embraces cultural diversity and strongly encourages suitably qualified people from all cultural backgrounds to apply.
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We ask that volunteers complete approximately 10 events per year. Each event is approximately 2 hours. Volunteers complete initial training and induction with additional development opportunities throughout the year.Suitable for
- Online & Remote Volunteers
- People with disability
- Skilled Volunteers
- Education & Training
- Fundraising & Events
- Marketing, Media & Communications
Initial training and induction provided with ongoing trained and development offered throughout the year.