The project has been running in four areas across England, in Grimsby, Central Lancashire, North Devon and Newham, and is now into the second year of sessions supporting stroke survivors to be active and stay active.

We know being active is important as it can improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. It could help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, increase muscle strength and flexibility and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

“Disabled people say they are nearly twice as likely to be physically inactive (43%), compared with non-disabled people (21%).“

So far, almost 100 people have taken part in Active Lives After Stroke, doing activities such as badminton, chair-based exercise, surfing, circuit training, table tennis, and strength and balance exercise. We have seen the project making a big difference so far with people becoming more active, confident, motivated and able to manage their daily activities better.