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 Thursday 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.
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.
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