Ashington charities join forces to deliver stroke support group

STROKE survivors and carers in Ashington will have a helping hand thanks to a new partnership in the town.

STROKE survivors and carers in Ashington will have a helping hand thanks to a new partnership in the town.

Last week we told how the Stroke Association has set up a new office to tackle the condition.

Now the association’s Ashington office has partnered with Age Concern Northumberland, enabling the charities to work closely and deliver the first stroke support group in the region.

The stroke support group will begin in October at The Round House, Ashington, and is open to any stroke survivors and carers in the region. The group will offer people the chance to socialise and provide peer support to others who may have had similar experiences, as well as providing useful information and entertaining workshops throughout the year.

The Stroke Association’s Donna Casey, based at Ashington, said: “The new stroke support group will be a fantastic opportunity for stroke survivors in Ashington and Northumberland and we imagine it will be very popular.

“We are very pleased to strengthen our relationship with Age Concern, allowing us to share best practice, understand more about each other’s work and ultimately provide better-quality care and support to those in need.”

A stroke is a brain attack which happens due to a clot or a bleed in the brain, causing brain cells to die. Stroke affects 150,000 people every year in the UK. About a third are likely to die within the first 10 days, about a third are likely to make a recovery within one month and about a third are likely to be left disabled and needing rehabilitation.

The organisations will also work to raise awareness of stroke in the region, share information and promote the Stroke Association’s free Stroke Awareness Service in Northumberland, visiting schools and businesses to raise awareness of the symptoms, causes and risk factors of stroke.

For further information about the Stroke Association’s work in the area, and how to join the new group, please contact Donna Casey on 01670 840408 or donna.casey@stroke.org.uk

If you would like further information about stroke or the Stroke Association, please contact the Stroke Information Service on 0303 303 3100, or visit the website at www.stroke.org.uk

 

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