Published: Thursday 27 October 2016

Stroke support organisation conference

The World Stroke Congress (WSC) is currently being held in Hyderabad, India (26-29 October 2016). The WSC leads up to World Stroke Day on 29 October 2016.

Yesterday saw Stroke Support Organisations (SSOs) from across the world meet at the WSC's Stroke Support Organisation Conference, which helped kick off proceedings. 

We are the second-largest SSO in the world. In partnership with the World Stroke Organization and the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE), we provide support to new and emerging SSOs across the world.

Our International Development Officer, Sarah Belson, took to the conference floor to talk about the importance of SSOs around the world, which included a well-received overview of how to set up and grow such an organisation.

Framework to set up an SSO. Image source: @SharonMcGowan_

Stroke support organisation roundtable

Later in the day, an informal Roundtable session was held with the aim of:

  • familiarising participants with the SSO toolkit
  • highlighting the support available from our International Development Officer (Sarah Belson)
  • sharing case studies about setting up organisations, lessons on overcoming hurdles and advice on growing your organisation.

Jon Barrick, President of SAFE, lead the roundtable. It proved to be an invaluable opportunity for delegates from a range of backgrounds to engage in discussion on guidance and share different, practical experiences.

Jon Barrick, President of SAFE. Image source: @MaryOrgill

Fringe Sessions with our International Development Officer

Sarah Belson is also delivering a series of Fringe Sessions at the Stroke Association stand at the WSC on Friday 28 October. These are further opportunities for congress delegates to engage her expertise in setting up and growing SSOs.

Further information

Please email our International Development Officer for further information and practical guidance on setting up and growing a Stroke Support Organisation.

You can also follow her on Twitter @BelsonSarah.

To follow further activity at the World Stroke Congress follow the #WSC2016 hashtag on Twitter.

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