A stroke is the third most common cause of death and the major reason for severe disability in the country. It can happen to anyone, at any age; every year there are 10,000 strokes in people of working age. At any time, in any Health District, there are over one thousand five hundred disabled stroke survivors.
THE STROKE CLUB is a ‘self-help’ group, a local voluntary organisation which was established in 1982 to address some of the problems that face stroke-survivors and their families. The Committee is elected from and by the membership. Current membership numbers over 150, of all ages.
Membership is free to anyone who has had a stroke, whether slight or severe, and their partners, family, carers or friends.
The Club aims to provide facilities and social opportunities for people who have had a stroke, and to assist them and their families to re-adjust and re-integrate into society. To accomplish this we have built up expertise using voluntary and professional help together with the knowledge from within the membership based on experiences, which encourages members to achieve maximum mobility and independence. The facilities provide advice on Benefits, counselling, supporting members through their problems and acting in an advocacy capacity, a telephone Helpline, and a Drop-In Centre. Activities include outings, speakers and entertainments.
This club runs
- A 24/7 Telephone Helpline: 01621 891007
- A Saturday Drop-In Centre once a week offering, advice, information, assistance with form-filling and benefits, practical problem-solving including mobility and rehabilitation, and computer/laptop training. Refreshments and a cooked lunch are available at cost.
- Two back-lift minibuses which offer transport to and from the club to members without other means of travel.
- Pub lunches at an accessible local once a month, and other social activities are arranged on request.
MEETINGS are held most Saturdays except for Bank Holiday weekends, with other meetings and pub lunches as requested. The Saturdays are run as a Stroke Drop-in Centre, offering a wide variety of Stroke-related advice, tuition and problem-solving by specialised Therapists.
FURTHER INFORMATION from The Telephone Helpline tel. 01621 – 891007.
DROP IN FOR ADVICE, REFRESHMENTS, REHABILITATION TUITION, TO RE-DISCOVER OLD SKILLS – OR TO LEARN NEW, AND TO MEET FRIENDS.
THE STROKE CLUB FOR MID-ESSEX