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​New stroke group launched for stroke survivors in St Helens

Press release   •   Feb 08, 2019 09:38 GMT

The Stroke Association has launched a new art group which will support people affected by stroke in St Helens.

The group meets every other Thursday at United Reformed Church from 10:30am to 12:00pm. The art therapy workshops offer local stroke survivors the chance to explore an artistic technique called fabric decoupage.

Vicky Thomson, Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association said: “Art therapy can help stroke survivors build their confidence and express themselves in new ways. We see the overwhelming courage and determination many stroke survivors show in coping with the loss of different skills that we take for granted.

“Passsoul Studio Services CIC are kindly running the art group, and have exciting plans to work with stroke survivors in creating fabric decoupage pictures of St Helens landmarks, such as St Helens Dream sculpture and the St Helens Friends meeting house. We’re so excited to see the artwork which is produced by group members and hope to showcase them in the summer.”

The next group will meet on Thursday 14 February at United Reformed Church from 10:30am to 12:00pm. For more information about group, please contact the Stroke Association’s St Helens’ team on: 01744 646160.

  • 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 more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. 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