Different Strokes UK, Supporting Younger Survivors

8. Aug, 2021
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'Different Strokes'. Stroke survivor stories and group activities



Different Strokes was launched for the purposes of active self-help and mutual support.  Our network of support and exercise groups assists younger stroke survivors to:

  • Optimise their recovery
  • Regain as much independence as possible
  • Play a full role in their communities

Our support groups are run by stroke survivor volunteers who are supported by our Group Development Manager. The weekly sessions can help to provide a sense of routine and structure. As well as improving fitness and allowing an opportunity to work on recovery, members forge friendships and share coping strategies for moving forwards in life after stroke.  

The benefits of exercise to stroke survivors have been widely documented.  It has been shown to lift mood, reduce stress and increase self-confidence, carrying on where physiotherapy has left off.

Click here to find your nearest group.

If there isn’t a group in your area why not set one up yourself?  To find out what’s involved email lauren.mcmillan@differentstrokes.co.uk, or ring 01908 317618 or 0345 130 7172.  The job of a Volunteer Group Co-ordinator can be very rewarding, and we’ll give you all the information and support you need to run a successful support and exercise group.

Eddie and Jeannie
Survivor Stories
Norwich Diffrent Strokes group 2018 Summer Outing
Norwich Diffrent Strokes group 2019 Summer Outing
Norwich Different Strokes exibit Disability Pride event at Norwich Forum 2019
At the 20th Anniversary conference I and may others had the honor of wearing Megan's Gold Medal.
This is the team that walked the London 10 bridge Marathon in aid of 'Different Strokes'
I’m Oliver Lilburn (stroke at 18) on the right, next to Danny Chase (stroke in his 30s). For the last 10 months I've been on a uni placement at Different Strokes. Here are a few things I'll take away with me: Strokes happen at all ages and everybody's stroke is different. People recover at different speeds and in different ways. Everybody’s recovery is individual and people need support to make the best recovery possible to them. It's important to make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. During my time here I've had many different experiences and met many different people. This wouldn't have happened if it hadn’t have been for my stroke. Helping others has helped me too in the process. I am now more patient too. I've learnt that everyone has a story and it is important to listen. There is always something to learn from everyone. Different Strokes has many different volunteering opportunities - if you'd like to get involved, please call 01908 317618 or email info@differentstrokes.co.uk.
Different Strokes for different Folks event 06.05.15
Eddie Pleban hosted an event at Norwich Forum to raise the profile of 'Different Strokes' and Stroke amongst younger people.
Several support voluntary agencies were able to exhibited their programmes.

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Elizabeth McGlone | Reply 06.09.2019 08:12

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27.01 | 07:33

I can see a rapid improvement as I scroll through these Eddie.
Well done you

09.09 | 05:40

Thanks for the post, great tips and information which is useful for all.

06.09 | 08:12

It is really good stuff and I am thinking to share it with my sisters after my https://www.goldenbustours.com/new-york-ny-tours/. Hope they will like it.

16.08 | 06:19

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