A Winchester stroke group is calling out for new members and volunteers to join them and help local stroke survivors on the road to recovery.
The Winchester Stroke Support Group was supported by the Stroke Association and is run by volunteers to help people in the area rebuild their lives after stroke. The group meets every Monday from 2-4pm at St Barnabas Church Hall.
Mandy Souter, Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association, said: “We have around 10 group members of different ages and backgrounds who all have one thing in common – they’re stroke survivors. The condition can be absolutely devastating, but with the right help and support, people can make fantastic recoveries, and that’s what the group is all about. The group puts on a range of activities including games, crafts and they regularly go out for a meal.
“We are looking for at least three volunteers to help lead the group. This will include planning and leading the sessions, coordinating activities, communicating key information to the group and managing the money. The Stroke Association will offer full training and support to volunteers.
“Support from the Winchester Stroke Support Group can make a real difference to a stroke survivor’s recovery and mental wellbeing. Without the support of local volunteers, we couldn’t be there for people who need help through one of the most difficult and frightening periods of their lives. Any stroke survivors and carers are welcome to come along to a group meeting to find out more.”
To find out more about the Winchester Stroke Support Group call Mandy Souter on 07515 596 920. To find out more about Stroke Association Voluntary Groups, visit stroke.org.uk
More about becoming a Stroke Support volunteer
The group are looking for:
- Volunteers, aged under 70, with good interpersonal and communication skills
- First aid skills (training is available at the group’s expense)
- Volunteers with IT and social media skills to help with computer work