PEOPLE affected by stroke in Chester and West Cheshire now have access to new stroke-specific support, which aims to provide mutual help and peer support in a relaxed and social environment.
Three new groups will be run, in Ellesmere Port, Chester and Vale Royal, and are intended not only for stroke survivors but also carers and family.
Andrea Davies, long-term support co-ordinator for The Stroke Association, said: ‘We know from listening to stroke survivors that having a support network is so important in promoting rehabilitation. We’re pleased to be offering this essential service, which gives people living with the effects of stroke the opportunity to meet others with similar experiences.
‘Stroke survivors often find their world is turned upside down by stroke, and may need support in rebuilding their lives. Some may be aiming to get back to work, while others may wish to find new activities in which to become involved. This group will fill a gap and allow them to meet with others who can relate to the challenges of rebuilding their life after a stroke.”
Volunteers are also needed to help develop the service, as well as set up and run the group, which ultimately will be member led and managed. Compassion, humour and listening skills are essential to the role.