Supporting people with aphasia after stroke or brain injury
Queens AwardTALK received the
Queen's Award
for Voluntary Service
in recognition of the outstanding
contribution made by volunteers

Gill Simmons - Talk Surrey Trustee

I joined TALK in 2012 when I retired from work as a nurse after seeing an advert in Woking for ‘TALK’ volunteers – and thought that might just be for me! Seven years later, I’m still attending the sessions as a volunteer and have met the most incredible people. It’s amazing to see the recoverers overcome their many difficulties and how much they enjoy the sessions – it’s wonderful to see their personalities emerge. As volunteers, we learn something new every week.

When I discovered TALK was looking for trustees, I wanted to see how I could help. I discovered just how much organisation and work is needed to support even a small charity like TALK – the amount of legislation is phenomenal. I’m delighted to have been accepted as a trustee and hope in my role I can continue to help this amazing charity.