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The Stroke Association

The Stroke Association

About The Stroke Association
The Stroke Association is a national charity which is solely concerned with stroke. Every year over 100,000 people in England and Wales have first strokes — about 10,000 are under the age of 55. Stroke is the largest single cause of severe disability with over 300,000 people affected at any one time. It was formed in December 1899, originally to combat tuberculosis (TB.)

  • Provides practical support for people who have had strokes, their families and carers.
  • Campaigns, educates and informs to increase knowledge of stroke at all levels of society.
  • Runs an Information and Education Service across England and Wales which handles over 26,000 calls a year.
  • Operates a Central Advisory helpline on a local-rate number (0845 30 33 100) which receives over a thousand calls a month.
  • Sent out over a million booklets, leaflets and fact sheets as part of its wealth of publications.
  • Runs a Dysphasia Support service which acts as a lifeline to thousands of people who have had strokes.
  • Has around 3,000 volunteers work to improve communication skills with over 8,000 people annually who have lost the ability to speak, read or write.
  • Operates a Family Support service offering over 80,000 hours of emotional support and advice each year to families of people who have had strokes, and to people affected by stroke who are living alone.
  • Has over 400 stroke clubs affiliated.
  • Aims to prevent strokes by informing the public how to reduce the risk of stroke.
  • Funds and promotes research to enhance knowledge both of the icidence, prevalence, causes, and prognosis of stroke; and of the effectiveness of interventions aimed at stroke prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and care.
  • Works in partnership with policy makers, purchasers and providers of health care, advocating and encouraging improvements in services to ensure that every stroke patient has access to the best possible treatment and care.
  • Acts as a voice for everyone affected by stroke, campaigning for a higher priority to be given to stroke prevention, treatment, care and research.
  • Maintains a website at www.stroke.org.uk
  • Runs the annual Life After Stroke Awards which recognise courage and determination following a stroke.
  • Maintains a younger stroke survivor database, which allows contact with over 200 people
    ranging in age from 20 to 60.
  • Pioneered the Cardiff Day Service for younger people which helped dozens of people.
  • Supports research of the highest calibre to the tune of £2m a year.

The Stroke Association,
Stroke House,
Whitecross Street,
London EC1Y 8JJ

Telephone: 020 7566 0300
Fax: 020 7490 2686

For further information visit the website: www.stroke.org.uk
E-mail: stella.stephan@chss.org.uk

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