How to get support if you have suffered from a stroke and you live in the Harborough area

If you have suffered a stroke and you live in the Harborough area you are not alone – you can get excellent support.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 10:41 am
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 10:42 am
You can go along to friendly meetings for young people of working age who have suffered a stroke.

You can go along to friendly meetings for young people of working age who have suffered a stroke.

The relaxed get-togethers are also for the families and friends of stroke survivors.

They are supported by the charity Different Strokes, which aims to promote independent stroke recovery and help younger stroke survivors reclaim their lives.

The meetings are run by Market Harborough Rotaract club and backed by Market Harborough Rotary.

Group co-ordinator Katherine Fortnum said: “Our friendly relaxed meet-ups are for young people of working age who have experienced a stroke and family & friends of stroke survivors.

“Whatever stage of recovery you, your friend or family members are at, we are here to support you in our relaxed meetings you can open up, ask questions or just listen to others.”

She added: “Join our monthly meeting in a warm relaxed environment for a cup of tea, a chat or even just to listen to other’s stories.

“Our meetings may provide you or a loved one with a listening ear and helpful advice, you’ll even make some new friends!”

Locally-based stroke nurses work alongside the group and occasionally attend meetings.

“They are learning from our experiences to improve their care for stroke patients.

“In turn they can provide you with hints and tips from a medical perspective when they attend our meet-ups,” said Katherine.

“If you’d like support between our meetings we also have a private Whatsapp group for members to chat and share among themselves.

“You are never alone - support is everywhere.”

The group meets up on the first Saturday of every month from 11am-1pm at the Residents Lounge in Saxon Close, Harborough.

The lounge is full of comfy sofas and is wheelchair accessible and there is also a toilet for disabled people.

To find out more you can email: [email protected]