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Harlow Stroke Support Group

Charity Number 1099071

GPCA, Abercrombie Way, Harlow, Essex. CM18 6YJ.

Tel: 01279 308313

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       Harlow Stroke Support Group

INTRODUCTION

Harlow Stroke Support Group (HSSG) began as a small group in 1996. Its aim was to offer support to people in Harlow who had experienced a stroke. Harlow Stroke Support Group became a registered charity in 2003.

HSSG MISSION

HSSG are commited to improving the lives' of stroke survivors, their carers and families. Our aim is to enable stroke survivors to regain control and lead as full and active life as possible.

WHAT SUPPORT DO HSSG PROVIDE?                             

HSSG provide practical information, support and non medical advice regarding Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attacks.

HSSG are here to support you at all stages of recovery.

Residents of Harlow and surrounding areas, who are suspected of having a Stroke are taken to Queens Hospital, Romford. HSSG visit Queens Hospital regularly to ensure that we can offer support to stroke survivors and their families/carers at the earliest opportunity.

We also hold meetings every fortnight at Beech Ward, St. Margarets Hospital, Epping. These meetings enable us to meet with and offer support to stroke survivors who are impatients on the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit.

HSSG offer a range of assistance including making benefit applications, referrals to Adult Social Care and many other agencies. We can offer 1:1 home visits to Stroke Survivors if required.

Stroke survivors are encouraged to attend one or more of our groups.

We currently run 4 group sessions per week:

1. Chair based exercise class. This class is supervised by a trained leader. The class is also attended, once a month, by a qualified stroke physiotherapist who assesses individual progress. In addition to exercise, which can improve tone, balance and posture, the group also provides information regarding healthy living.

Chair Based Exercise Class takes place every Wednesday between 2pm- 3.45pm

2. Speech and Language Group. This group is for stroke survivors who are experiencing difficulty with speech, language, communication and/or memory. Group leaders teach alternative methods of communicating by using props and preparation of a personal communication booklet. The group focus on improving speech, reading and writing. Group leaders also prepare activities which help to improve concentration and memory.

Speech and Language Group takes place every Thursday between 10am - 12 midday

3. Social and Rehabilitation Group. This fun and friendly group gives stroke survivors an opportunity to meet in a relaxed environment to try a range of activities including arts and crafts, cards, games including bingo and dominoes or simply chat over a refreshing cup of tea or coffee. The group is supervised by a Stroke Support Worker with help from volunteers.

Social and Rehabilitation Group for those aged over 60 years takes place every Friday between 10am-12.30

4.  Under 60's Social and Rehabilitation Group. This group is similar to the above, but with an added focus on goal setting for the future. This might include returning to work, volunteering or taking up a new hobby.

Social and Rehabilitation Group for those aged 60 and below meets every Friday between 1-3pm.

All of HSSG Group sessions take place at The GPCA, Abercrombie Way, Harlow, Essex, CM18 6YJ.

OUTINGS and EVENTS

HSSG organise outings and events every month. Examples of recent events include a leisurely trip down the River Stort on accessible Canal boats, enjoying a Fish and Chip lunch at Southend, a quiz night and an Information Day. We work in partnership with Epping and Harlow Community Transport to ensure that people without access to transport can attend HSSG groups and outings.

CARERS SUPPORT

HSSG recognise that a stroke can also have a devasting impact on your family and friends. It may be hard for them to adjust to how the stroke has affected you and how it may alter the future. We hold a carers meeting at 10am on the last Friday of each month. This group offers information, advice and support on a range of topics that may be of particular interest to carers. The carers meetings also give carers a chance to talk to other carers, share experiences and give and receive support.

FUND RAISING

HSSG plan a number of fund raising events every year. Raising funds enables us to continue our work supporting stroke survivors and their family/carer. These events also enable us to raise the profile of the organisation and also provide an opportunity for us to promote stroke prevention and the FAST message to the general public.

 Outreach Work

Staff members also undertake outreach work within the local community. We are commited to
informing people about Stroke' prevention and promoting our work.
If you would like Us to come and give a talk to your group please let us know.

     Ring Jean or Emma on 01279 308313