Social distancing doesn't have to mean you are alone. We are here to support everyone to rebuild their lives after stroke.
We know that isolation can be difficult and having limited contact with the outside world could have a damaging effect on our mental health and wellbeing. We want you to join our Stroke Assembly community to find support, access tips and techniques and discover ways we can stay connected with each other.
Sadly, we aren’t able to invite you to a face to face event this year. Instead, we're bringing the UK Stroke Assembly 2020 to you. We'll provide online resources, workshops and materials to support your recovery at home.
From Tuesday 16 June to Friday 24 July we'll be hosting weekly webinars and a range of activities to keep you engaged with our community and to ensure everyone is able to find the support they need.
Find out more about the programme below and sign up to our email updates to take part.
Week 1: Staying Active
Tuesday 16 June 2020
Part one: Welcome: Bringing the UK Stroke Assembly to you!
Hear from our Chief Executive, Juliet Bouverie, on how the Stroke Association is continuing to provide support for people affected by stroke throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Part two: Staying active
Being active is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your health, especially after a stroke. It has benefits, both physically and mentally. Hear how you can stay active at home, ask questions and get some top tips from other stroke survivors.
Watch session recording - catch up or re-watch our ‘Staying Active’ webinar:
If you would like further support around ‘Staying Active’, please visit our Staying active when you’re staying at home page, and our Exercise and stroke page, where you can access online resources and support.
What are the benefits of staying active? - watch this interview with stroke survivor Stuart Proctor
Wednesday 17 June 2020
A stroke of luck
Hear from stroke survivor and ex-international swimmer Craig Pankhurst. Gain tips and techniques for staying active whist at home and hear how Craig is supporting stroke survivors across the UK.
Watch session recording - catch up or re-watch our ‘A stroke of luck’ webinar:
If you would like to find out more about the A stroke of luck charity please visit their website.
Friday 19 June 2020
Join our live activity session – Moving more at home
This session is designed to offer a range of gentle chair-based activities to keep you moving at home. All you will need is some space and a chair.
Watch session recording - catch up or re-watch our ‘Moving more at home’ webinar.
Week 2: Take Action
Monday 22 June 2020
Join our community of campaigners!
In these uncertain times, we need your help to ensure stroke remains a priority. Find out why we have adapted our plans as a result of COVID-19, and take part in some easy ways to ensure that politicians know that stroke matters to you.
Watch session recording - catch up or re-watch our ‘Join our community of campaigners!’ webinar.
Keep in touch with the Campaigns Team and other people taking action on stroke by joining our Campaigns Network. You will get regular emails with updates and simple ways you can take action.
When we campaign, we speak out when things need to improve, but we also support those who are doing a great job, and encourage them to keep up the good work. If the incredible work of a nurse, doctor, physio, therapist, or even a whole team of people, is something you'll always remember and be grateful for, please share your story. We will pass your comments on to our brilliant NHS stroke teams.
Wednesday 24 June 2020
Live cook-along with celebrity chef Sally Bee
Diet choices impact our health greatly – our initiative #HealthierUK highlights how small changes can make a big difference. Come cook-a-long a delicious low sodium dish with LoSalt ambassador Sally Bee, who has survived five heart attacks, and hear her story on how taking action has helped rebuild her life.
Watch session recording - catch up or re-watch our ‘Live cook-along with celebrity chef Sally Bee’
Week 3: Research
Monday 29 June 2020
Rewiring the brain: New connections and recovery
Can the brain rewire itself? Join Dr Niamh Kennedy from Ulster University to discover how we can encourage our brain to reorganise after stroke. The activities you can do to help keep our brains plastic and the beneficial effects of rewiring.
Watch session recording - catch up or re-watch our ‘Rewiring the brain: New connections and recovery’ webinar.
To find further support and information about recovery, please read ‘The road to recovery guide’.
If you would like to find out more about physiotherapy after a stroke, please visit our physiotherapy after stroke page.
Wednesday 01 July 2020
Vision loss after stroke
Hear from Helen Morse, a researcher funded by the Stroke Association. Helen is looking at whether a new computer programme can test and treat vision loss after stroke. You can also read about her research before the event.
Watch session recording - catch up or re-watch our ‘Vision loss after stroke’ webinar.
To find out more information and support about home-based therapy for vision, please visit the SIGHT webpage.
If you would like further information around the types of vision problems after stroke and to discover coping methods, top tips and advice, please visit our vision problems after stroke page.
Friday 03 July 2020
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Do you have a question for our stroke research team?
Sign up to take part in a discussion where you can tell us your questions for stroke research as part of our Stroke Priority Setting Partnership. There are limited places in this webinar. If you can’t join this time, we’ll tell you about other ways you can take part. Please send your completed form to email@example.com to confirm your space.
Week 4: Our Support Network
Monday 6 July 2020
Introducing our Stroke Helpline
The Stroke Association Helpline supports over 19,000 people a year. The Helpline is part of a package of support we offer to people affected by stroke. Hear directly from our Helpline team and discover ways they are continuing to adapt our services to support people affected by stroke.
Watch session recording - catch up or re-watch our ‘Introducing our Stroke Helpline’ webinar.
Are you ready to test your knowledge?
Join the one and only Chris Tarrant as we welcome you to an evening of quiz fun.
Watch session recording - catch up or re-watch our ‘Are you ready to test your knowledge? Quiz with the one and only Chris Tarrant.
We would like to thank everyone who joined us for our live event on Monday 6 July for an evening of quiz fun. Through your generosity and support we were able to raise over £1000.
Wednesday 8 July 2020
What’s next for My Stroke Guide?
Join our interactive tour of My Stroke Guide, our online stroke support tool. This is your opportunity to hear about new features and upcoming developments, and ask any questions.
Watch session recording - catch up or re-watch our ‘What’s next for My Stroke Guide’ webinar.
Find out how My Stroke Guide can support your recovery and sign up today
Friday 10 July 2020
Here for you – Volunteer Telephone Support
Find out all about our new service that enables us to be there for people affected by stroke across the UK. We will share information, case studies and videos to bring to life the new offer of support.
Week 5: Keeping Connected
Monday 13 July 2020
Intimacy and relationships
Relationships are important for our lives - whether with family, friends or romantic or sexual partners. But with the pressures of life, looking after our close relationships can sometimes be tough. Add to this the changes caused by stroke and a global pandemic, so we might not have much energy left to think about intimacy. In this session, we will share top tips from counsellors and reflect on how we can nurture our closest connections, all from the comfort of your own living room!
Wednesday 15 July 2020
Getting online when you have aphasia
Join this session to find out more about getting back online when you have aphasia. We will talk about some of the challenges people with aphasia face when using technology. We will also be sharing tips from people with aphasia and demonstrating our new aphasia-friendly digital resources.
Friday 17 July 2020
Discovering ways to keep connected
This week, we turn our attention to the challenges, coping strategies, and top tips for keeping connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll be addressing how shielding and isolation have led us to adapt our daily routines, contact with others and how we navigate new technology. We will also be looking at what life will look like as lockdown is loosened, and what this feels like as we step back into the outside world.
Week 6: Every Stroke and Recovery Matters
Information coming soon.