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​Winchester stroke group calls out for local volunteers

Press release   •   Mar 06, 2019 09:17 GMT

A Winchester stroke group is calling out for new members and volunteers to join them and help local stroke survivors on the road to recovery.

The Winchester Stroke Support Group was supported by the Stroke Association and is run by volunteers to help people in the area rebuild their lives after stroke. The group meets every Monday from 2-4pm at St Barnabas Church Hall.

Mandy Souter, Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association, said: “We have around 10 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 the group is all about. The group puts on a range of activities including games, crafts and they regularly go out for a meal.

“We are looking for at least three volunteers to help lead the group. This will include planning and leading the sessions, coordinating activities, communicating key information to the group and managing the money. The Stroke Association will offer full training and support to volunteers.

“Support from the Winchester Stroke Support Group can make a real difference to a stroke survivor’s recovery and mental wellbeing. Without the support of local volunteers, we couldn’t be there for people who need help through one of the most difficult and frightening periods of their lives. Any stroke survivors and carers are welcome to come along to a group meeting to find out more.”

To find out more about the Winchester Stroke Support Group call Mandy Souter on 07515 596 920. To find out more about Stroke Association Voluntary Groups, visit

  • 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