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New initiative for people affected by stroke gets underway

Active Stirling and the Stroke Association are delighted to announce a new partnership that seeks to improve physical fitness and wellbeing of stroke survivors in the Forth Valley area.

Andrea Cail Director Scotland of the Stroke Association said:

“Stroke is a sudden and devastating condition.  It can affect peoples’ mobility, their speech and emotions and is a leading cause of disability.  This means that many stroke survivors rely on others for help with everyday activities.

“We are delighted to be working with Active Stirling on a programme which has the potential to change the lives of those who take part.”

The service, based at Stirling Sports Village will consist of a programme of physical activity and information sessions for people who have had stroke and their family and friends.  This aims to reduce their risk of a second stroke and develop a peer support network. The programme is the only one of its kind currently in Scotland and will consist of tailor-made exercise programmes.

Matt Bunnell, Director of Delivery at Active Stirling, “On behalf of Stirling Council, we at Active Stirling are thrilled to have developed this unique and ambitious programme in partnership with The Stroke Association. This will widen our portfolio of person centered support programmes complementing the successful Active Living For Life exercise referral scheme. Strokes are now one of the most prevalent health risks across the globe and we are determined to ensure that people affected by stroke get the best support and care they need to lead happy and fulfilled lives.”

Friederike Klinghammer, the programmes Co-ordinator believes the Moving Forward After Stroke programme is a great opportunity for people who had a stroke to enhance their recovery process.

“My colleague Dawn and I are looking forward to working on the programme, supporting stroke survivors on their journey towards the recovery of lost functions and independence. We want to help them to feel better through the adoption of a healthier lifestyle, which will result in a better quality of life and also reduce the risk of a second stroke.”

The ‘Moving Forward after Stroke’ service will be open to stroke survivors at any stage of their stroke journey and the information sessions that are included are open to carers and/or family members who may be interested. In order to join the programme, people are advised to contact their local health professional or for more information please email: Dawn.Price@stroke.org.uk or call: 07776 508 630

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