People affected by stroke in Llandudno are being invited to join a new initiative of cafes which are being rolled out across North Wales
Many stroke survivors reflect on the ordinary things they used to do before a stroke and how they become difficult post stroke especially when speech and concentration levels are affected.
The new cafés offer a relaxed and welcoming setting for people to make new friendships, share their experiences and regain their confidence in a supported environment.
The Stroke Café was originally established to support a client from Menai Bridge who has now sadly passed away. However, the concept has been embraced by a number of stroke survivors who felt they too would like this kind of support in the community.
Stroke Café volunteers were recruited to support the initiative and to socialise alongside the members. The lead volunteers running this new project are Hannah Garlinge and Kellie Salmon who have been volunteers with the Stroke Association for several years. They have a wealth of knowledge
between them to help stroke survivors.
Kellie explained; “Stroke survivors are able to meet each other at the cafe where they can order a drink and communicate with other stroke survivors and the volunteers whom offer help and advice.
“Meeting every other week at the same venue allows survivors to discuss their own experiences in a social and friendly environment which helps build confidence with their speech and cognition.''
Rhian Morris, Volunteer Co-ordinator for North Wales who is supporting the development of Stroke Cafes said:
“This is such a simple and effective idea and one we want to replicate across other parts of north Wales. The benefits the stroke survivors have gained are immense. Many stroke survivors lose confidence when they have a stroke and do not feel comfortable leaving their homes. The Stroke Café gives the opportunity for so much more than meeting for coffee and cake!”
The Stroke Café initiative will be run every other Monday at the St George’s Hotel, Llandudno between 10.00am and 12.30. For more information on volunteering or attending this café please contact Rhian Morris on 01745 586905.
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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