From 10 to 11 October 2022, over 220 people from across the Stroke Group Network, Stroke Association staff and wider stroke community joined together for the annual Stroke Group Network Conference.

We were delighted to be joined by over 170 group leaders, volunteers and stroke survivors from over 125 stroke support groups. And we also hosted our first watch party too in the Midlands where eight groups watched the live content together.

Photo of the watch party

The two-day programme and online platform were designed with group leaders and volunteers in mind, giving them key information from across the stroke community and tools to help their groups thrive and make a greater impact. Not only did we deliver two days of informative talks, but we created a vibrant online exhibition and group exchange area full of wonderful information for groups to share ideas and learn from each other.

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Videos from the event

If you were not able to join the live event, you can watch the recordings from each talk here. You can also view the presentation files for each talk by clicking the blue buttons.

Day one: Learning more about the Stroke Association, the healthcare system and what this means to your group

Welcome and Talk one - Reflecting and looking forward

Talk 1 - Reflections and updates [PDF]

Talk two - The stroke care pathway: what it is and what it means for your stroke support group, now and in the future

Talk 2 - Stroke care pathway [PDF]

Day two: Giving you the tools to run your group

Talk three - Recruiting and retaining volunteers

Talk 3 - Onboarding volunteers [PDF]

Talk four - The importance of peer support and how support groups help rebuild lives after stroke

Talk 4 - Peer support [PDF]

Talk five - Celebrating our Stroke Group Network and showcasing our tools and resources for available to Stroke Association Support Groups

Talk 5a - SA support groups [PDF]

Talk five - Celebrating our Stroke Group Network and showcasing our tools and resources for available to Independently Run Groups

Talk 5b - Independent groups [PDF]

Quotes from this year

Here are some comments made by this year's attendees:

Online attendees -

Brilliant online Conference. Great way to reach so many people.

What a fabulous second day! Loved all of the sessions today and got loads of info, loads of activity ideas and met loads of lovely people!

Exceeded expectations, event was a great way to connect everyone together and a great platform for volunteers.

Watch party attendees -

It was so lovely to meet others in the Midlands face-to-face; we have met online in the midlands forums so it was nice to get to know them a bit better.

Great to share questions on the table and have someone put them into the chat live online which helped us feel connected to the conference.

It was tempting to think I'll just log in at home but I'm really glad I made the effort to come, it's been so lovely meeting others and having discussions in-person.

More information

If you're new to this event, or want a reminder of what the event was like last year, visit the Stroke Group Network Conference 2021 event page.

If you have any questions, please contacts the events team on 01527 903 930 or email

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