In September 2020, we hosted our first online UK Stroke Club Conference. With over 550 club and group leaders, volunteers, and staff joining together for the informative and motivating event.
Running the event online enabled twice as many people to attend, 55% of whom had not attended before due to the location, limited capacity, or other reasons.
The programme was co-designed and delivered with club and group leaders and volunteers. Sharing:
- How we’ve adapted as a charity due to the pandemic.
- Championing how leaders and volunteers have stayed connected with their members over the last few months.
- And looking ahead to our ‘road to recovery’, working together to deliver a fusion of remote support and resuming face-to-face activities.
Despite not meeting face-to-face this year the positivity and warmth from all our attendees shone through on the online chat facility and feedback. With thanks for providing key information and inspiration that was needed at this time.
Day 1 – Monday 28 September 2020: ‘Our road to recovery’
Welcome and Opening Talk: Updates from the Stroke Association – Responding to COVID-19
An enlightening interview with Club Conference Planning Group representative Steven Jacques from North Birmingham Stroke Support Group and Juliet Bouverie, Stroke Association's Chief Executive Officer. With the latest updates from the Stroke Association and how we have adapted our services during the pandemic to continue to rebuild lives after stroke.
Webinar one: Our road to recovery (part one) resuming face to face meetings
We know that a big concern for many is when will it be possible to resume face-to-face meetings. Neil Jarman and Nic Mooney outline our organisational position based on the current government guidance (as of 28 September 2020) and the steps we are taking to achieve this, when the time is right.
Webinar two: Wellbeing - Looking after yourself, volunteers and your members
Exploring the importance of our own wellbeing and that of those around us. Giving you some time for yourself and ideas to try with your members. This includes a taster session of mindfulness lead by Katherine Charles, a mindfulness practitioner who has used this technique to help with her own stroke journey.
Day 2 – Tuesday 29 September:‘Celebrating together’
Webinar three: Innovation during lockdown
Celebrating and sharing the many and varied ways leaders have used remote activity ideas to stay connected with their members during the lockdown. Including examples from Eric Sinclair - Deeside Stroke Group, Lucy Thomas and Nick Cann - Strike a Chord Choir, Michelle Crawford - Foyle Stroke Support Group and Chris King - Chequers Kitchen.
Watch the full video about how the Strike a Chord Choir have stayed connected during the lockdown and the benefits this has had.
Webinar four: Our road to recovery (part two) - embracing a new normal
Following on from 'Webinar one: Our road to recovery (part one) - resuming face-to-face meetings' this is an insightful session with guest speakers Helen Stevenson from Reason Digital and Ruth Lamont from Exeter University. Together with Beth Scrimshaw and Sophia Costa, they explore what a ’new normal’ may look like, adapting to change and embracing a fusion of remote support and face-to-face activities.
Day 3 – Wednesday 30 September: ‘Moving forward together’
Webinar five: Club and group forums - connecting with each other and your community
Learn how local forums provide a platform to connect with other leaders, share ideas and best practice to what works in your own locality. Including experiences from our Volunteering and Community staff and club and group leaders Philip Milne, Graham Tidman and Carol Boydell.
Closing Talk: Moving forward together
Beth Scrimshaw and Liz Roberts-Wilcox look ahead to our vision for the future and moving forward together. With reflections on the three-day event from Steven Jacques.