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Northern Ireland

Our services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are funded by the NHS or social services (so free to you) and therefore may differ depending on where you live. Please note that in Scotland, our approach is different. There, we work in partnership with other organisations to develop services that meet the needs of local communities.

We believe everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. That's why we are committed to supporting people through our stroke support services, and helping them to rebuild their lives. Read more about our promise to you, including the standards of excellence for our services.

To find out if any of our services are available in your area, you can use our search tool or call the Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100. 

Our services may include:

Stroke Recovery Service
Our Stroke Recovery Service provides tailored support from hospital to home via a designated coordinator, who will address the long-term practical, emotional and physical needs of stroke survivors, their families and carers.

Communication Support Service
Our Communication Support service helps those who have aphasia, a language disorder which can affect speech, comprehension, reading and writing skills. Our coordinators and volunteers work with stroke survivors to relearn new skills of communication and rebuild lost confidence.

Emotional Support Service
Our Emotional Support service provides specialist help to those affected by stroke as they come to terms with what has happened to them. The service also offers peer support sessions run by a trained volunteer and supported by our coordinators.

Moving Forward After Stroke
The Moving Forward After Stroke programme is delivered by specialist instructors. Stroke survivors can benefit from a 12-week programme of exercise and education sessions, to reduce their risk of secondary stroke and improve their levels of physical fitness and function.

Post-Stroke Review
Our Post-Stroke Review service is carried out by a trained coordinator with extensive knowledge of stroke. It provides a stroke survivor with dedicated time to review their holistic needs and signpost to relevant services and advice.

Caring and You
Our Caring and You programme provides carers with support to help them improve their skills and knowledge of caring. The service provides a five-week face-to-face support and education programme to help reduce the emotional and physical challenges of being a stroke survivor's carer.

To find out if any of our services are available in your area, you can use our search tool or call the Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100.


In England, more than 100,000 people a year have a stroke. The care of stroke survivors, from diagnosis and initial management to rehabilitation and long-term management, is governed by the Department of Health's ten-year National Stroke Strategy for England, which sets out a framework for delivering effective stroke services. NHS England has agreed to work with us to seek to develop a new national plan for stroke to build on the successes of the National Stroke Strategy. Read about our A New Era for Stroke campaign.

Social care is funded by local authorities, with care offered according to eligibility criteria. To enable more stroke survivors to make better recoveries, we want to help health and social care work more closely together for the benefit of all stroke survivors, no matter what the survivor's age or how long ago they had a stroke.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, around 4,000 people every year have a stroke, while around 36,000 people are living with the long term effects of stroke. We provide services in partnership with Health and Social Care Trusts throughout Northern Ireland.

Our Stroke Recovery Service is a flexible and tailored service designed to support stroke survivors, their families and carers with recovery after a stroke.  

Our Communication Plus Programmes has been specially designed for stroke survivors who have developed a communication disability as a result of a stroke. These programmes are professionally led by qualified Speech and Language Therapists and take place within a group environment. The programme helps stroke survivors learn new ways to communicate and gain confidence. The programme is available to recent stroke survivors as well as those further along in their recovery.

We also have a network of groups in Northern Ireland providing long term support, activities and peer support to help stroke survivors make the best recovery possible.

We also provide Life After Stroke grants, information and signposting to other organisations who can help with matters such as access to benefits, emotional support and help for carers.

We operate a self-referral system into all of our services. If you'd like to refer yourself email sharlene.graham@stroke.org.uk 


In Wales, around 7,000 people every year have a stroke, while nearly 65,000 people are living with the long term effects of stroke.

Our Stroke Recovery Service is a flexible and tailored service designed to support stroke survivors, their families and carers with recovery after a stroke.

Find support services and social groups for people affected by stroke in your area using our postcode search facility. 


Yng Nghymru mae tua 7,000 o bobl bob blwyddyn yn cael strôc, tra bod bron i 65,000 o bobl yn byw gydag effeithiau tymor hir strôc.

Mae ein Gwasanaeth Gwella ar ôl Strôc yn wasanaeth hyblyg ac wedi ei deilwra, wedi ei gynllunio i roi cymorth i’r rhai sydd wedi goroesi strôc, eu teuluoedd a’u gofalwyr gyda’r broses o wella ar ôl strôc. 

Gallwch ddod o hyd i wasanaethau cefnogi a grwpiau cymdeithasol ar gyfer pobl sydd wedi eu heffeithio gan strôc yn eich ardal chi gan ddefnyddio ein gwasanaeth chwilio drwy god post. 


We are working in partnership with Active Stirling to develop the Moving Forward After Stroke pilot. This is a new stroke-specific exercise programme available to people living in Forth Valley who have had a stroke.

The programme is designed to reduce the risk of secondary stroke and improve physical fitness and function.

Participants will undergo a free 12-week exercise and health education programme delivered by specialist instructors at the Forthbank Performance Sports Centre within Stirling Sports Village.

Contact Friederike Klinghammer – Stroke Association Support Coordinator, Moving Forward After Stroke by emailing Friederike.Klinghammer@stroke.org.uk or calling 07799 436030.