SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Western Active Stroke Group
Tuesday 20th March 2018 has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones joining the weekly meeting of the Weston Active Stroke Group at the Worlebury Golf Club in Weston-super-Mare, where he facilitated an enrichment lecture on ‘Animal Gallantry: The Dickin Medal’ for the 60 attendees at the event.
The award-winning stroke support group was set up in October 2003 as a support group for people affected by stroke, and became a registered charity in 2009. It was developed by stroke survivors who found they had no one to turn to when they were released from hospital and wanted to further their rehabilitation. The aim of the group is to help people with their physical and social rehabilitation, in a safe and friendly environment, where members can discuss their issues and concerns.
The original group logo was a locked padlock which signified members feelings of being locked out of their previous lifestyle. Today the group logo is an unlocked padlock to signify that the members new lifestyle can be greatly enhanced through group encouragement and self-motivation to unlock their future potential. There is a varied activity programme which is member led, to enhance the mind, body and spirit and often includes guest speakers on a variety of interesting subjects.
The group meets every Tuesday morning between 10 am and 12 noon at The Worlebury Golf Club, Monks Hill, Worlebury, Weston-Super-Mare, BS22 9SX, meetings are open to stroke survivors - to become a member of Western Active Stroke Group, you must be able to attend to your own personal care needs, or be accompanied by a carer who can. Wheelchair users are welcome with their carers, and are encouraged to participate in all our activities.
Following his presentation, Ash commented, “It is great to see so many people here today for this presentation on the Dickin Medal. It is a pleasure to join this thriving group of like-minded seniors who enjoy meeting every week and learning new things, as well as simply catching up with friends and planning ahead for trips and holidays together. It is a truly fantastic way to stay engaged and combat loneliness in later life. Today has been my third visit to see the folks of Western Active Stroke Group and I sincerely look forward to returning again in the future”
Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine, which contains advice about staying safe in later life, as well as lots of interesting lifestyle features, such as recipes, personality interviews, short stories and games & puzzles