The group is part of the Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Service which aims to assist stroke survivors in achieving their personal goals for a full life after a stroke.
If you are a stroke survivor: You will have the opportunity to meet and socialise with other stroke survivors, to share experiences and information. As well as the activities within the group, there are also occasional presentations on a range of subjects by group members, Stroke Association staff and external professionals (e.g. legal advisors, NHS staff). These promote activities and services in the local area which can be helpful as you continue making progress towards a full life after stroke.
During the second half of each meeting there is an exercise session run by Adrian Smith, a qualified stroke-specialist (ARNI) trainer. This group is mixed ability and so is open to all. Most exercises are performed seated and are ones which participants are encouraged to continue at home.
If you care for someone affected by stroke: You can meet other carers, share stories and get advice and support. You will also have the chance to find out about health and well-being and will be able to relax for a couple of hours.
Every first meeting of each month there is a dedicated carers’ group meeting, separate from the main meeting, which is run in conjunction with the Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub.
All attendees are asked to contribute £1 each towards the cost of refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) and hall hire.
Parking with disabled spaces is available just outside for 2 hours on the road. The Number 5 bus stops right outside and returns to the town centre every 10 minutes. Many attendees use Readibus to get to the group and to return home afterwards – please ask if you need further details.
The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, from 10am to 12pm.