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

Evelyne Collins - Talk Surrey Trustee

In addition to being a Trustee for TALK I am also the Volunteer Group Leader at Knaphill TALK.

My background is in teaching and I retired from teaching modern languages at secondary school level in 2011.

As I have always been interested in language and communication, I looked online for opportunities to explore these areas further during my retirement years and discovered TALK!  Volunteering with TALK has allowed me to pursue my interests while giving me the chance to offer practical support in the community.

I began as a volunteer in 2014 and in 2016 took on the role of Volunteer Group Leader.  Then, in 2017, I became a Trustee for TALK and feel that, in my capacity both as a Group Leader and as a Trustee, I am well placed to understand and communicate the needs of those attending a typical TALK group in order to ensure that they receive the best possible support.

Since retiring I have started learning to play the piano and have joined a Spanish class as I love learning new languages and trying them out when I travel abroad.  In my spare time I also enjoy listening to classical music and reading / watching crime fiction.