Who are we?
We are a dedicated group of volunteers who have provided support for stroke survivors in the Thornbury district since 1981. We are affiliated to the Stroke Association which is a national organisation and we are also a registered charity in our own right.
What will I get out of being a member?
As a member you will enjoy the benefits of:
- Group meetings where you will meet and exchange experiences with other stroke victims.
- Talks and presentations on a wide range of interesting subjects and entertainment from local groups.
- Outings to places of interest usually followed by a meal!
- Social events such as lunches at Christmas and Harvest time.
- The opportunity to take part in some or all of our group activities that include swimming, bowls and art.
- Being kept up to date with all issues concerning strokes.
- A friendly understanding ear for you and your family when you need it.
- An opportunity to take part in our annual holiday at a venue that caters for your needs.
How much will all this cost me?
There are no subscription charges but we do ask for a contribution for some outings and meals.
We are totally reliant on donations and our own fundraising efforts.
Who can join us?
Anyone within our catchment area that has had a stroke may be eligible to join us as a group member.
We also welcome volunteers from a wider area to help with our activities, transport, outings and administration.
What is our catchment area?
Thornbury, Alveston, Oldbury on Severn, Falfield, Tockington, Olveston, Almondsbury and Bradley Stoke.
This is just a guide to the area we cover.
What will I get out of being a volunteer?
Not only will you get a great deal of satisfaction from helping stroke survivors but you will also get to meet some super people and enjoy social activities and outings with them.
The purpose of our activities is to encourage confidence, provide stimulation and offer a sense of achievement for our members who are often frustrated because of their new circumstances.
It is surprising how many hidden talents emerge after a stroke, our members who have previously shown no artistic aptitude often discover that they can not only produce creditable award winning works of art but also discover a pleasurable and satisfying pastime. Even if a dominant hand has been affected by the stroke it is amazing how the other hand adapts.
Taking part in our indoor bowls team is good exercise and helps to re-develop hand and eye co-ordination. For those that have previously enjoyed sport, it is also an outlet for that friendly competitive streak.
Not only is swimming great exercise for those that have reduced mobility, it is also an excellent confidence booster. Some of our members could not swim before joining the group. Not to be underestimated is the social aspect, mixing with other users of the pool and the camaraderie of looking out for each other.
Our meetings, held in the Jubilee Hall at Alveston, aim to stimulate the senses and give an opportunity to re-develop communication skills. Typically, we have talks on a wide variety of subjects, musical entertainment and games. Although the content of the meetings varies, there is always tea.
Outings take place during the summer months and range from visits to places of interest to venues where we can enjoy a nice lunch or afternoon tea. Depending on the distance, we may use volunteers’ cars, mini buses and in some cases full size coaches. Whatever the mode of transport we always provide for those in wheelchairs and members who need help to get around.
A long standing tradition of the group is to provide time away in a hotel that can cater for our needs. The holiday provides a welcome break for our members and it must be said, some respite for their families! Volunteers provide support and if specialist care is needed we make sure that this is available.
None of the groups and activities would be possible without the help of the volunteers. They provide support in so many ways; transport to and from meetings and groups, personal assistance, mentoring, organising and fundraising.
The group runs between September and April. Please get in touch for details of the next date.