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​Support for stroke survivors in Rochdale grows with launch of new group

Press Release   •   Oct 12, 2016 15:13 BST

A new support group for stroke survivors has launched in Rochdale to help people across the borough come to terms with a life after stroke.

Pennine Stroke Support Group has been created in partnership with the Stroke Association and will be run by local volunteers. The group will meet on the first Monday of the month at Castleton Community Centre from 10am - 12pm. The group is inviting anyone affected by stroke in Rochdale, Heywood and Bury to come along and get involved.

The group officially launched with a celebratory event on Monday 10 October, when members and volunteers were joined by the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Raymond Dutton.

Gail Charlton, the group’s secretary, said: “We already have around 25 group members of different ages and backgrounds who all have one thing in common – they’re stroke survivors. The condition can be absolutely devastating, but with the right help and support, people can make fantastic recoveries, and that’s what our group’s all about. We plan to put on a range of activities including visits from speakers. We’d love to see more stroke survivors from the area come along and join us at our new group.”

Scott Smith, Community Development and Partnership Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “Support from a group like Pennine Stroke Support Group can make a real difference to a stroke survivor’s recovery and mental wellbeing. A recent report by the Nuffield Trust found that attending a Stroke Association Voluntary Group can help people feel less lonely and more confident after a stroke. We’d encourage stroke survivors and carers to come along to the newly launched group and find out more.”

To find out more about Pennine Stroke Support Group, call Joanne Mundey at the Stroke Association on 01706 657 643. To find out more about Stroke Association Voluntary Groups, visit stroke.org.uk 

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 one of the largest causes of 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