In 2010 and 2011 we supported 4,200 stroke survivors across Wales, 3,000 of whom were new to our services and we provided direct care to over 1,500 carers
Our 330 volunteers donated 26,700 hours of their time to support stroke survivors, equating to a contribution to the value of almost £300,000.
Our volunteers have been instrumental in supporting the redevelopment of our services, particularly in north wales and Torfaen where six of our communication support groups have been transformed into stroke clubs or Volunteer-led groups, thanks to the determination of the volunteers to take on this new area of work. Find out more about Volunteering in Wales.
Following the development of our all Wales service strategy, we now have robust service agreements with commissioners across 20 counties of Wales. This includes the new Stroke Keep in Touch service in Rhondda Cynon Taf and north Wales. We have 30 locally based coordinators providing vital support across many disciplines, including help with speech and language difficulties, information and advice, advocacy and befriending.
As a result of our new service strategy, we have established strategic links with clinical leads in speech and language therapy across Wales. We are rolling out our new Communication Plus service across all of our Communication Support Services across Wales during 2012 and beyond.
We work closely with clinical leads at a strategic level through the Wales Stroke Alliance and at a regional and local level through stroke steering groups. We also continue to work alongside specialist stroke clinicians and therapists to secure the best outcomes for stroke survivors.
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There are 152,000 strokes in the UK every year. That’s more than one every five minutes. 'Feeling overwhelmed', the third report in our Life After Stroke campaign series, highlights the emotional impact of stroke on survivors, their carers and families.