Exercise can help reduce the risk of an individual having a second stroke and helps survivors to overcome challenges they face following the physical impact of their stroke.

"The team in the hospital saved my life. But it was the rehabilitation team that made my life worth living."
Stroke survivor

Who is the service for?

Our Exercise-based Stroke Rehabilitation service is open to stroke survivors at any stage of their stroke journey. Clients must be referred by a health professional, such as their physiotherapist, GP, stroke specialist nurse or occupational therapist. Carers and family members may also benefit from attending education sessions, especially if they share the same risk factors and want to make positive lifestyle changes.

Stroke survivor with a chartered physiotherapist.

What we offer through the service

The service provides a 12-week programme of exercise and education sessions for stroke survivors to reduce their risk of secondary stroke and improve their levels of physical fitness and function.

The exercise sessions are delivered by a specialist exercise instructor at the leisure centre who has completed the Exercise and Fitness Training after Stroke (EfS) course, delivered by Later Life Training.

Read more about our Exercise-based Stroke Rehabilitation service

Moving Forward After Stroke Programme

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, as part of the Exercise-based Stroke Rehabilitation service, we are delighted to be able to offer the Moving Forward After Stroke Programme, which launched in July 2017 and is being piloted in selected sites across the country over the next two years.

The aim of this programme is to help people affected by stroke recover their mobility and independence. Moving Forward After Stroke will combine neuro-physiotherapy and specially designed exercise programmes to help stroke survivors across the UK regain their fitness, strength and stamina, as well as improve their balance.

The Moving Forward After Stroke Programme is being piloted in the following areas:

  • Brighton (July 2017 - September 2018)
  • Folkestone (February 2018 - March 2019)
  • Forth Valley (January 2018 - November 2018)
  • Gateshead (March 2018 - March 2019)
  • Rochdale (March 2018 - June 2019)
  • Salford (February 2018 - March 2019)
  • Stockport (February 2018 - March 2019)
  • Wandsworth (June 2017 - March 2018).

To find out more, contact our Project Development team.

This video explains the importance of the Moving Forward programme and what it meant to a stroke survivor and his family, to be able to walk again.

Find out more

To enquire about or commission our Life After Stroke Services, please contact us at services@stroke.org.uk