Pop-in event hopes to create local support group for stroke victims

People who are looking after the needs of relatives and friends dealing with the results of suffering from a stroke are being reminded of a special event being held in Elgin today.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) will hold their latest pop-up cafe for stroke survivors and their families at the Resource Centre on Maisondieu Road today from 10am until 12noon.

It is part of a month-long initiative by the charity that will help them gauge the level of interest their might be for a regular stroke group to meet in the town.

A spokeswoman for CHSS said: “NHS stroke nurses who are funded by CHSS indicate that there is a need – and we want to find out what people want from a community group.

“Currently we have an excellent communication support service for those who have had a stroke and have difficulty with speech and language, but we want to widen provision for all who have had a stroke and help set up a regular support group.

“CHSS supports over 80 affiliated stroke groups across Scotland which are member led and organised. Over 800 members benefit with the help of over 300 volunteers. This offers the opportunity for members to obtain support to take part in a range of activities.

“We’re especially interested to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer with us at a regular support group.

“All stroke survivors, family, carers and health professionals welcome to come along and enjoy a fly cup and some lively company!”

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland provide opportunities throughout the country for people living with stroke and their carers. This includes our affiliated groups.

A third cafe event will be held on August 14 from 6pm to 8pm at Asda on Edgar Road in Elgin.

Further information can be obtained by contacting community support worker Caroline Peter on 07918 74481 or by email to caroline.peter@chss.org.uk.

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