About STEPS service

STEPS is designed to empower those affected by stroke who live in Northern Ireland to:
 
  • Develop emotional resilience.
  • Readjust to life after stroke.
  • Reintegrate into community life.
Three years funding has been provided from The National Lottery Community Fund which has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players. This service offers:
 
  • Stroke-specific emotional support, counselling for stroke survivors and carers/relatives impacted by stroke who live in Northern Ireland.
  • A series of self-management workshops in partnership with Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS).
STEPS - emotional support
 
This service provides:
 
  • Free, one-to-one, stroke-specific counselling to stroke survivors and carers/relatives. 
  • Support in person, online or by telephone throughout Northern Ireland.
  • Up to six counselling sessions, each lasting 50 minutes, and usually taking place weekly.
  • Professional support from qualified counsellors trained in recognising, understanding and working with the emotional effects of stroke.
  • An opportunity to talk about what’s affecting you, such as anxiety, fears, worries, grief, relationships, or thoughts and behaviours you want to change.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

STEPS - self-management workshops

These workshops are in partnership with Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS). Information on the self-management workshops will be available soon.

Who is this service for?

If you live in Northern Ireland and you have had a stroke, including a TIA or mini-stroke, or care for someone who has, STEPS has a range of services that you can choose from to help support you.

How can I access support from STEPS?

You can access the service for yourself by clicking the 'Sign up now' button below:

Sign up now

If you know someone else who might benefit from the STEPS Emotional Support service, you can sign them up. Third-party referrals from statutory or third sector organisations are especially welcome for this service.

Sign up someone else

If you're unable to find a suitable service in your area, contact our Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 or email us, and we may be able to put you in touch with alternative support.

You can also search for clubs and groups in your area.