New stroke support group in Chandlers Ford

Stroke Association LogoThe Stroke Association and the Rotary Club of Chandlers Ford and Itchen Valley are launching a new stroke support group for stroke survivors, their families and their carers.

The new Chandlers Ford Stroke Support Group offers information about stroke, support and the opportunity to meet others who have been through similar experiences.

This group starts from Thursday, 30 January 2014 and will meet from 2 to 4pm on the last Thursday of every month at the Velmore Centre, Chandlers Ford.

Katherine Staley, Regional Head of Operations at the Stroke Association said:

“We’re really excited to be launching this new group. A stroke can happen in an instant but leaves half the people who survive reliant on others for every day activities such as making a cup of tea or leaving the house. This can be very isolating for stroke survivors and their families. This new Stroke Association Voluntary Group will give people the chance to come together, gain confidence and have fun. ”

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. It is estimated that there are nearly 32,000 people living with the effects of stroke and TIA in Hampshire.

Dennis Hoare from Fair Oak in Hampshire had a stroke last August, three days before his 66th birthday. He has aphasia and has lost the feeling in one hand. Dennis said:

“My stroke was a very unwelcome surprise. I had extremely good care at Winchester Hospital and a lot of support from the Speech and Language Therapist after. This ended after six weeks and I was still having difficulties putting sentences together. I’ve learned to tell people that I’m recovering from a stroke otherwise they think I’m mentally disabled. The Stroke Association has helped but it’s still very frustrating because people guess my sentences for me or get impatient. I had to retire early but my wife still works so I feel very isolated in the day. I’m really looking forward to attending this group because it will give me a chance to share experiences with other people who have been affected by stroke and practice my conversation skills.”

Graham Johns, President of the Chandlers Ford Rotary Club said:

“Our Rotary Club is here to make a difference to our community. We welcome anyone who have been touched by stroke in the area or would like to support the group as a volunteer to come along and join in.”

To find out more, contact Mike Scrivener, on 07976 630764,  email: ChandlersFordSSG@stroke.org.uk  or just come along to the group at Velmore Centre, Falkland Road, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire SO53 3GY

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.