Gavel Club for people with aphasia needs volunteers


The Centre for Brain Research More Than Words Gavel Club for People with Aphasia is looking for volunteers.

In the words of one Gavel Club member, “The Gavel Club and its volunteers have helped to rebuild my world.”

The Gavel Club meets Friday mornings from 9am-1pm at the University of Auckland’s Tāmaki Innovation Campus. It is designed for people with aphasia and provides an opportunity for members to develop their public speaking skills in a supportive environment, facilitated by speech-language therapists and Toastmasters mentors.

Volunteers should have a desire to learn and work with people with communication difficulties. Specific duties include providing communication support to members during the two-hour meetings, helping members practice their speaking roles, setting up and packing up after the meeting. Training will be provided for volunteers to provide communication support. 

The speech-language therapist will also help the volunteer to develop their skills in helping members throughout the year.

  • Volunteers must be fluent in English
  • A long-term commitment from 24th February to 27th October is preferable
  • There is a mid-year break from 30th June to 21st July
  • Extra volunteer hours in October would be greatly appreciated to help members prepare and present their Year End Celebration speech

Please email Celia Moore now to register and find out more about this life-changing club.