Ensuring everyone affected by stroke gets the support they need
I couldn't walk, I couldn't talk. I was at rock bottom but with the help of the Stroke Association and my amazing support coordinators I have found there is a way to have a future, albeit different but just as rewarding.Michael Pursey, stroke survivor
We want all stroke survivors to get the physical and emotional help they need to help them rebuild their lives.
- We maintained and extended our commissioned services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- As pandemic restrictions lifted, we increased face-to-face services, while continuing to offer phone and online support.
- We started to improve the productivity and sustainability of our local commissioned services.
- This year, Stroke Association Connect supported 3,496 people being discharged from 140 hospitals and stroke units.
- Our telephone peer support service, Here For You, has helped 1,555 people since it launched in April 2020.
- Our Helpline Team supported people with 18,106 enquiries.
- Our online stroke support tool, My Stroke Guide, recorded 42,347 new visitors.
- We supported 263 people through existing counselling services in Liverpool, Colchester and Northern Ireland.
- We’re piloting Emotional Support Services around the UK to test what works and generate the evidence to influence their rollout in other parts of the UK.
- We’re partnering with others to offer emotional support on a larger scale. For example, collaboration with Mind.
- We were awarded £850,000 from the Elwyn Thomas memorial fund programme, to set up a five-year emotional support project for stroke survivors in Cornwall.
- We’re working closely with stroke survivors in our Aphasia and Accessible Voices Network.
- We’ve begun by working with the Cochrane Stroke Review Group to search the academic literature about health inequalities and stroke.
- We launched an eight month pilot study commissioned by the Greater Manchester Integrated Stroke and Neuro-Delivery Network, which aims to improve our understanding of the impact of health inequalities on accessing support services for life after stroke.