Volunteers needed for local support groups in Hackney: make a difference to the lives of stroke survivors

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Could you help make a difference to the lives of local stroke survivors while gaining valuable experience in the process? Hackney-based Triangle Stroke Project is looking for lively, creative and caring volunteers to help run their weekly support groups.

A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Stroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK; one every 3 minutes 27 seconds. There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK.

As May is Stroke Awareness month, Triangle Stroke Project continues to run a range of different support groups for people who have had a stroke. These include a self-help group, a group for working aged stroke survivors, a Talk Stroke group for people with communication difficulties, exercise classes, a walking group, and a stroke forum.

Volunteers can be allocated to one or more groups according to their area of interest, where they can help with setting up and refreshments, talk with and assist group participants and also get involved in devising planning and running activities — training and support will be offered as appropriate. Volunteers need to be able to spare approximately four hours a day once a week, including travel to and from the support group they are working with.

Joana Santos, Manager of Triangle Stroke and Public Health Project and Coordinator Laura Prikken said:

“We welcome volunteers with a positive, lively, creative and caring attitude, who have an interest in helping stroke survivors with their recovery. You don’t necessarily need previous experience of working with stroke survivors, but you should have good communication skills, be enthusiastic and committed.

Our groups help give stroke survivors better health and well-being, better independence and make them feel more supported. Meanwhile, our volunteers get a sense of satisfaction from making a difference, and can also gain valuable skills and experience if they are interested in working in health and social care. It can also be a good way to meet new people and make friends.”

As well as help with the groups Triangle Stroke Project would also welcome volunteers to help with general administration tasks such as answering phones and keeping databases updated.

Triangle Day Care  is a subsidiary of national charity Friends of the Elderly. To find out more about volunteering opportunities, contact Triangle Stroke Project on strokeproject@triangle.care or call Laura Prikken on 0207 017 2815

Hente is already a Triangle Stroke Project support group volunteer. She says:
“It has been an amazing opportunity to learn about and experience the deep beauty of being human. Every week I learn from the care and love that people who have experienced a stroke share, and from their courage and optimism. Over time the group has become family.”