SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Blackwood Active Stroke Group


Thursday 20th September 2018 has seen SCLT volunteer Jon Williams joining the weekly meeting of the Blackwood Active Stroke Group at the Cefn Glas Sheltered Housing Complex in Blackwood, where he facilitated an interactive session on avoiding financial abuse from scams and frauds for the 30+ attendees at the event.


The award-winning stroke support group was set up several years ago 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 Thursday morning between 10 am and 12 noon  at the Cefn Glas Sheltered Housing Complex in Blackwood. Meetings are open to stroke survivors - to become a member  of Blackwood 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, Jon commented, “It is great to see so many people here today for this presentation on avoiding financial abuse. 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 first visit to see the folks of Blackwood 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


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