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Letter from Hannah Longlands, Communication Support Coordinator - Long Term Support for the Stroke Association in Peterborough

Press Release   •   Sep 01, 2014 10:13 BST

“Around one third of stroke survivors have difficulty with reading, writing and speaking, and it can be frightening and frustrating. The Stroke Association provides a Communication and Long Term Support Service in Peterborough to support stroke survivors in their road to recovery after their stroke.

“Stroke remains one of the greatest health challenges of our time, not just in Peterborough but across the UK. It’s also the leading cause of adult disability. For the past 5 years, our local services have provided vital support to stroke survivors in the local area to make their best possible recovery and to families adjusting to a life after stroke.

“We hold a weekly Conversation Support Group which runs every Tuesday at Quaker Meeting House between 2pm and 4pm. Activities are planned each week to enable stroke survivors to practise their conversation, reading and writing skills. The group offers a supportive environment for stroke survivors to regain confidence in communicating with others following their stroke.

“In addition, we have now merged our Wednesday stroke group with the Monday stroke group, to offer local stroke survivors the opportunity for information and support on a fortnightly basis rather than a monthly basis. Our fortnightly Stroke Information Café takes place at Costa coffee shop in the Bretton Centre on a Monday, between 11:00 and 12:30. Stroke survivors and carers are able to get information about stroke and other helpful local services, and to also find out about the latest stroke news and research information. There will also be volunteer support for those with aphasia, to assist and encourage their participation in the sessions. The group will continue to welcome guest speakers, arrange group outings, and organise group activities for stroke survivors.

“We will continue to work closely with stroke survivors and carers in Peterborough to ensure that we can continue to be there for them in their life after stroke.

“If you would like more information about the Communication Support Service in Peterborough, you can contact me on 01572 812 078, or alternatively you can email me on Hannah.Longlands@stroke.org.uk.”

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For more information please contact:

Daisy Hythe-Clayton (Regional PR and Media Officer)

Daisy.Hythe-Clayton@stroke.org.uk

0207 940 1358


A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.  

Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk