what did the network do?
Originally it was intended to deliver peer support through stroke survivors befriending others with stroke on an individual basis. An advisory group of stroke survivors helped us talk to organisations such as the local NHS and Social Services about how to improve the services they provided to people with stroke and their families and carers. You can find out more about this first phase of the project on the Stroke Network 2008-2011 page
From 2012 the Network concentrated much more on providing social, recreational and cultural activities for stroke survivors to come together to enjoy. We worked mainly in Lambeth although most of our activities were also open to Southwark residents. From 2012 to March 2014 we worked closely with the Stroke Association’s Lambeth Stroke Care Advisory Service to develop opportunities following a re-launch of the project at a successful event in December 2012 at which stroke survivors helped us shape what they wanted to see from the Network.
We organised and support a number of popular activities for stroke survivors:
- a fortnightly Games Club here at ‘We are 336’ This ended in March 2016.
- weekly swimming groups using the Clapham Leisure Centre and the West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre. These groups have continued.
- The London Stroke Choirwhich met weekly in term time at Morley College and which is open to stroke survivors from anywhere in London. The Choir restarted in September 2016 after we raised some new funds to support it.
During the summer and early autumn we also supported a Gardening Group at Brockwell Park and we also enabled our users to access and enjoy Cycling Sessions with our partner organisation Wheels for Wellbeing. We also organised other outings and social opportunities such as visits to the SouthBank Centre and Kew Gardens.