Our services in 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.

Share Discovery Village

We're delighted to announce that we are partnering with Share Discovery Village in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh to provide short breaks for stroke survivors, their families and carers.

Share Discovery Village is offering Stroke Association guests a special discounted rate of £300 for a package including:

  • weekend break accommodation in a small 8 berth chalet
  • leisure suite guest passes
  • Inishcruiser passes (available from Easter to August).

Life After Stroke grants can be used to help cover the cost of your stay.       

For more information contact the NI Office on ni@stroke.org.uk or call 028 9050 8020.


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

Working to improve stroke care in Northern Ireland

We actively campaign to improve services for stroke survivors and their carers as well as for better prevention, detection and treatment of stroke. We work with politicians of all parties to ensure stroke remains high on the political agenda. We communicate the views of stroke survivors and their carers to policy makers, the health and social care service and NI Executive.

You can help to support our campaign activity in Northern Ireland by signing up to our Campaigns Network.We also provide health and wellbeing information, Know Your Blood Pressure checks and stroke prevention advice in workplaces, at events and with community groups. If you’d like to find out more please contact Catherine Lynn on 028 9050 8054 or catherine.lynn@stroke.org.uk

Fundraising events

Our fundraising team organise events and also support individual fundraisers and groups who wish to support our work. If you'd like to contact our fundraising team please contact Madeline Donnelly on 028 9050 8024 or madeline.donnelly@stroke.org.uk

Contact us

Stroke Association Northern Ireland's offices are located at:
Rushmere House
46 Cadogan Park
Telephone: 028 9050 8020
Fax: 028 9066 0720
Twitter: @strokeassocni

Key staff

Barry Macaulay
Director for Northern Ireland
T: 028 9050 8028
E: barry.macaulay@stroke.org.uk

Laura Cousins
Business Support Manager
T: 028 9050 8022
E: laura.cousins@stroke.org.uk

Brenda Maguire
Head of Engagement and External Affairs
T: 028 9050 8051
E: brenda.maguire@stroke.org.uk

Catherine Lynn
Communication and Awareness Officer
T: 028 9050 8054
E: catherine.lynn@stroke.org.uk

Ursula Ferguson
Head of Life after Stroke Services
T: 028 9050 8025
E: Ursula.ferguson@stroke.org.uk 

Anne Graham
Stroke Recovery Services Manager
T: 028 9050 8050
E: anne.graham@stroke.org.uk

Catherine Lowry
Speech and Language Therapy Manager
T: 028 9050 8020
E: catherine.lowry@stroke.org.uk

Mark Dyer
Community Development and Partnerships Manager
T: 028 9050 8056
E: mark.dyer@stroke.org.uk 

Janice Kirkpatrick
Community Development and Partnerships Officer
T: 028 9060 8029
E: Janice.kirkpatrick@stroke.org.uk 

Paul Montgomery
Community and Events Fundraising Manager
T: 028 9050 8053
E: paul.montgomery@stroke.org.uk

Madeline Donnelly
T: 028 9050 8024
E: madeline.donnelly@stroke.org.uk