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​Stroke Association launches new support sessions for stroke survivors in Newcastle

Press release   •   Feb 25, 2019 14:41 GMT

The Stroke Association is launching new drop in information sessions for anyone affected by stroke in Newcastle, at the Eagles Community Arena on Tuesday 5 March, and is encouraging people to join them.

The new sessions, called ‘Stroke on the Tyne’, will bring together residents from in and around Newcastle who have survived a stroke, on the first Tuesday of every month from 10am to 12pm. The sessions will take place at the Newcastle Eagles Community Arena on Scotswood Road.

Hannah Parrington, Stroke Association Volunteering and Community Manager, said: “A stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time and it turns lives upside down in an instant. For some people the effects of a stroke may be relatively minor and may not last long, while others may be left with more serious long-term problems. With the launch of these new stroke support sessions in Newcastle, we aim to help people affected by stroke to regain their confidence.

“We are very grateful to the Newcastle Eagles for providing us with such a great venue in the heart of our vibrant district, and we look forward to working together to make the new sessions a success. These sessions will give survivors in Newcastle a unique opportunity to come together in the very heart of their community.”

Neil Curry, Active Ageing Officer at the Eagles Community Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be hosting 'Stroke on the Tyne' at our brand new community Arena. The ethos of the foundation and the basketball club is to be part of the local community, being open and welcome to all members of the society, helping to enhance the local and wider community. Working in partnership with the Stroke Association provides the opportunity to do this as well as providing much needed support for this sector of the community. We look forward to welcoming the group to the Eagles Community Arena.”

The sessions are open to stroke survivors from across Newcastle. The first meeting takes place on Tuesday 5 March 2019 at 10am. For more information, contact Hannah Parrington at the Stroke Association at hannah.parrington@stroke.org.uk or call 01914879988.

  • 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