THE Stroke Association, the national charity based in Bromsgrove, is continuing to appeal for volunteers as it expands its services.

The charity, which has its headquarters in Church Road, launched the volunteer drive for its Stroke Helpline.

Someone has a stroke every five minutes in the UK, with stroke being the biggest cause of adult disability, so the organisation is keen to find volunteers to help people living life after stroke. Volunteers could be helping with all aspects of the service, from administration to taking helpline calls.

The Stroke Information Service offers help and support to all those affected by stroke, and is one area volunteers could work.

It responds to 20,000 telephone, email, letter and social media enquiries every year.

There will be opportunities for volunteers to develop their knowledge about a variety of health and social care topics, and to develop a range of skills such as communication, research, customer service and teamwork.

All roles require good communication and IT skills and those taking helpline calls will need to be a good listener and have particularly good verbal communication skills.

Training is provided for all roles.

Anyone interested can call 01527 903 903, or write to the Stroke Information Service at The Life After Stroke Centre, Church Lane, Bromsgrove, B61 8RA, requesting a role description and application pack.