Stroke Association’s Impact
Each year, Stroke Association works with over 65,000 stroke survivors each year, and offer over 400 services throughout the UK. These include:
Stroke Recovery Service - A tailored support programme for patients from when they’re in hospital through to when they’re able to go home. They address the long-term practical, emotional and physical needs of stroke survivors as well as their families.
Communication Support Service - Helping those that have aphasia (speech and language difficulties). Their coordinators and volunteers work with stroke survivors to help them re-learn their communication skills.
Post-Stroke Review - This service is carried out by trained staff that review their holistic needs and advise on anything relevant to any services or advice they will need.
How can people get involved?
Stroke Association has many different volunteering opportunities for anyone who has some spare time to help others.
A supporter can become a “befriender" that offers personal support across all services to stroke survivors and carers. This helps reduce social isolation and crucially help build self-confidence and self-esteem. As a befriender, this can be done in your local area, and a volunteer will be directly involved in helping a stroke survivor reach their personal goals and becoming more independent. For a list of areas looking for a befriender, or a full role description, you can visit the Stroke Association Befriender section on their website.
After a stroke, many people will not be able to drive in order to reach their appointments, activities, services and events. Stroke Association recruits volunteer drivers to help with this. By becoming a driver you will provide safe and comfortable transport service for stroke survivors, and every so often, their family and baggage. A full role description can be found on their Driver section of their website.
There are also some fun fundraising opportunities, and for anyone keen on their sports or has decided this is the year to get fit, you can kill two birds with one stone. On the Stroke Association website you can find multiple running events throughout the UK to sign up to and set yourself a fundraising target.