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Conversation Partner

Role Summary

The Conversation Partner scheme is supported by the Community Speech & Language Therapy Stroke Team. This service works with people with acquired speech and language difficulties following a stroke.

Individuals are unique in their communication needs and profile; some have comprehension difficulties (making it hard to follow spoken language and/ or written text) and expressive difficulties (including problems with finding words, constructing sentences, writing and spelling). In this role, people with acquired speech and language difficulties are visited in their own homes or a mutually convenient location once a week or fortnight for support with their communication, accessing opportunities for conversation and social inclusion.

As a Conversation Partner Volunteer, you will be asked to:

  • Visit people in their own homes or at a mutually agreed location such as a café.
  • Provide the person you visit with opportunities for enjoyable, meaningful conversations.
  • Commit to visiting regularly once a week/fortnight for 6 months.
  • Complete pre-visit Preparation
  • Complete regular weekly feedback

As a Conversation Partner Volunteer, you will not be asked to:

  • Provide Personal care such as assisting patients with the toilet.
  • Deal with complaints and incidents
  • Move and handle patients or non-patient heavy items.
  • Complete Domestic activities (cleaning, cooking etc.)
  • Provide Speech & Language Therapy


The Conversation Partner scheme is supported by the Community Speech & Language Therapy Stroke team in Nottinghamshire covering Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark, Broxtowe, Gedling, Hucknall and Rushcliffe.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Previous experience is not necessary, as training will be provided but this volunteer role would suit individuals who:

  • Have experience of volunteering/working with people acquired speech/ language difficulties.
  • Have an interest in the role of the Speech & Language Therapist
  • Have experience of working with vulnerable adults.
  • Are reliable and punctual.
  • Are able to use own initiative.
  • Can communicate clearly and enjoy talking to people.
  • Are happy to work on their own as well as in groups.

Attitudes and Values needed:

  • Non-Judgemental
  • Patience and Empathy
  • A good listener
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Committed to equal opportunities practice.


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