SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Blacwood Active Stroke Group
Thursday 8th November 2018 has seen SCLT volunteer Jon Williams joining the weekly meeting of the Blackwood Active Stroke Group where he facilitated an enrichment lecture on ‘Dracula
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 Thursday morning between 10 am and 12 noon at the Cefn Glas Sheltered Housing complex in Highfields, Blackwood (NP12 1HD). 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.
At the conclusion of the highly interactive and engaging presentation on the blood-thirsty leader, SCLT veteran presenter Jon commented, “It has been a real privilege to be invited to join the members of the Not So Young Club on this Halloween period to share with them the terrifying story of the life and times of Vlad Dracul III, believed by most to be the man that Bram Stoker based his fictional anti-hero, Count Dracula of Transylvania
I Have also passed on advice and support about staying safe and avoiding scams in later life. I hope that the advice I have given today, will make the audience think about their own circumstances and start to form a personal safety plan for the day when the doorbell rings or the scam e-mail or letter is targeted at them”
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