Gavel Club for people with aphasia: volunteer opportunities

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The Centre for Brain Research More Than Words Gavel Club for People with Aphasia has opportunities 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 a research group 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 will need to meet strict criteria (including police vetting) and 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 practise 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 late February to late October is preferable
  • There is a mid-year break from late June to late July

Please email cbrgavelclub@auckland.ac.nz now to register your interest as a volunteer.