What does it Do? :- Different Strokes is a registered charity providing a unique, free service to younger stroke survivors throughout the United Kingdom. Our services and the number of stroke survivors
benefiting from them have grown dramatically since we were formed in 1996. We are run by stroke survivors for stroke survivors, for active self-help and mutual support.
Stroke is the single largest cause of disability in the United Kingdom.
150,000 people suffer a stroke every year - 25% of these are under retirement age.
Recovery and rehabilitation from stroke present particular challenges for the younger survivor. One day fit and well, the next moment disabled. The stroke
survivor must come to terms with physical and emotional changes as well as significant lifestyle adjustments - mobility, job, income, dependence, relationships - everything changes.
With 75% of strokes affecting those aged over 65, current provision
inevitably focuses attention on the older stroke survivor. The specific and complex needs of the younger and the more active stroke survivor have not received the full attention that they deserve.
Before Different Strokes, there was no single organisation
able to provide the comprehensive support service that younger survivors need.
The Role of Different Strokes - Our Mission
Different Strokes helps stroke survivors of working age to optimise their recovery, take control of their own lives and
regain as much independence as possible by offering 'rehabilitative services', information and advice.
Different Strokes currently does this by:
organising a national network of fortnightly exercise ie Swimming.,
providing practical, easy
to use information for the recovering stroke survivor,
offering a 'Stroke Line' telephone service so that younger stroke survivors can speak to other younger stroke survivors,
keeping stroke survivors informed, through newsletters, an interactive
website and other means, of developments relevant to them.
Different Strokes is run by younger stroke survivors for younger stroke survivors.
Different Strokes provides an important voice for younger stroke survivors to Government, service providers
and funders, fighting for better standards and improved understanding.