“Setting up a stroke group is the best thing I’ve ever done and has given me a purpose. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Trudy Chapman, stroke survivor and volunteer.
Why did we make this our goal?
- The health, social and political system is under-resourced and struggling to deal with the scale and impact of stroke.
- Community-run groups and informal networks outside of these systems are often better able to offer a sustained local support and companionship.
- Stroke-related groups often struggle to get their voices heard or influence policy and funding decisions nationally and locally.
- Our network of almost 3,000 volunteers gave an incredible 112,000 hours of their time to the Stroke Association.
- We launched a bespoke volunteering and community online resource to enable staff to support volunteers. We also developed a digital application to support groups to collect data electronically to help us to improve our support.
- We work with over 627 peer-support groups and clubs all over the UK.
- Over 1,000 volunteers run our Stroke Association Voluntary Groups for over 2,500 members. Our independent survey found that 86% of stroke survivors attending these groups felt less alone and 96% of carers had made new friends.
- We’ve partnered with local community groups, particularly those most at risk of stroke, to understand what stroke support they need and to provide them with the tools to deliver stroke awareness and prevention within their communities.
- As a member of the Richmond Group of Charities, we worked with Sport England on an Undeafeatable programme to encourage people with long-term conditions to get physically active.
- We had 102,000 visits to the ‘Professionals’ pages of our website, and 2,500 new professionals signed up to our monthly eBulletin, taking our total to 6,500 – a 50% increase in the number of stoke professionals engaging with us.
- 1,539 people attended the UK Stroke Forum (UKSF) and 159 delegates attended the eighth annual Northern Ireland Stroke Conference.