NORWICH STROKE SURVIVORS’ CLUB

An independent registered charity for people affected by Stroke Set up by Stroke Survivors for Stroke Survivors This Club offers support and friendship to stroke survivors and their families and friends.

WE KNOW HOW YOU FEEL

Norwich Stroke Survivors’ Club was started in 2013 by David Orr who was a member of the original Stroke Association Communications Group. This Group was started many years ago under the auspices of the Stroke Association as a Communications Group. Unfortunately, in 2013, all outside funding was withdrawn from the Group but, as a result of very hard work by David, it became The Norwich Stroke Survivors’ Club and is now a registered charity.

The Group meets weekly during term time at the Community Centre in Brenda James Close, off Thunder Lane in Norwich. During each two hour session from 10 – 12, members partake in a variety of activities including card making, Scrabble, dominoes, etc. The Group has obtained grants that have enabled it to have the services of speech and language therapists-who attend twice a term. On the days when they do not attend, their suggestions and guidelines shape the work done with those who have communication difficulties. In addition, we also have the services of a physiotherapist, a yoga tutor and an exercise tutor, all of whom also attend twice a term.

Other activities are arranged from time to time including a Christmas lunch at a nearby restaurant and usually a summer outing, such as a boat trip on the Yare up to Norwich centre.  Some members go to the Aphasia Group meetings in the Forum.

Many of the members participate in research projects being undertaken into stroke by UEA and the Norwich & Norfolk Hospital but it is by no means compulsory to do so. There is a core group of people who are involved in this and who hopefully will help to shape services in the future. The Club conducts various fundraising activities, and donations can be Gift Aided.

The Club would love to welcome you and if you would like to “test it out”, please feel free to come along. There is ample room for wheelchairs but the Club is unable to provide any personal care. If you need personal care please ensure that you bring an appropriate person with you.

The format for the mornings are 1 hour of communication work for those deemed suitable – there is a separate room for this which is quieter. The rest of the members will be playing games or Scrabble etc. Everyone stops for a coffee break together and then continue afterwards with chatting and more activities in the main hall. There is a weekly subscription, currently £2 per person that includes a raffle ticket. Everyone is asked to bring a small prize when they can.

If you would like further information or to speak to someone about the Club please ring David Orr on email: info@norwichssc.co.uk

To find out more about the Club, we also have a website at: www.norwichssc.co.uk

If you wish to support us financially, please contact Carole Limmer – email: info@norwichssc.co.uk

We meet at St Andrews Centre, Brenda James Close, Thunder Lane, Norwich NR70LH on Tuesdays from 10 – 12 noon but not during main school holidays.

The Group has several volunteers all of whom are CRB checked. People wish to volunteer for different reasons including career changes or work experience or simply to give back to society – some have experience of stroke with family or friends and others do not.

If you would like to volunteer with us please contact David Orr.

 

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Chair – David Orr mail to: info@norwichssc.co.uk or call: 07502 506799

Treasurer – Carole Limmer

Secretary – Michael Lovelock

Other Committee members

David Cox – First Aid

Miora Anderton – Events Organiser

Molly Walker

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A registered charity – charity no 1154574

the Club is affiliated to The Stroke Association.