Stroke support social group is launched

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A new social group has launched in Burnley to provide support and guidance for stoke survivors and their families.

Stroke Association volunteer Susan Schofield has created Fun 4 Strokes East Lancs, which she hopes will give stroke survivors a safe place to socialise.

I formed the group to give stroke survivors like Steven the opportunity to meet up and make new friends

Susan Schofield

The group, which is run by volunteers with support from the Stroke Association, held its first meeting at Howard Street Community Centre in Burnley last month.

Group members took part in activities designed to help those living with the effects of stroke, and enjoyed scones, bingo and card games.

Susan herself has experienced the devastating impact of stroke, as she cares for her partner Steven Lyons. Steven had a stroke six years ago, which left him with right sided weakness and no speech.

Susan said: “Steven can’t go out and have a social life on his own, but he is really comfortable around other stroke survivors who understand what he has been through.

“I formed the group to give stroke survivors like Steven the opportunity to meet up and make new friends.

“Everyone can join in with the activities, enjoy talks from local organisations and have a laugh.

“This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this so I’m hoping local people will come along and get involved. We’d love to welcome new members and volunteers to the group.”

Andrea Walsh, communication support coordinator from the Stroke Association, said: “As a newly formed group, the members will be able to help shape the way it develops.”

The group meets at 1 to 3pm on the third Wednesday of each month at Howard Street Community Centre. For further details contact Sue on 07521 811581. There is a £2 charge for all guests.

For more information call 03033 033 100.