May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Torbay Stroke Support is BACK.

From May 17th ALL their services are fully open.

The peer led local charity; for survivors of stroke, their supporters, and for those at risk of stroke provides user suggested services throughout the Bay and in Newton Abbot. These services include, drop in groups for help and conversation, coffee groups, walking football, and an IT support group. Locations for activities include Paignton Library, Newton Abbot Library, local hotels and open spaces.


“Our purpose is to provide knowledge, understanding and coaching from those who have direct experience of the impact of stroke. We are a group of people who know where to get help, how to get help and who to get it from locally. We can help recovery because of our unique and individual experiences. We know that stroke affects each person differently.


Stroke changes lives and this group knows that.” (Jerry Byford, Managing Trustee who had a stroke in 2015)


Torbay Stroke Support was set up in 2019 and whilst lockdowns have restricted their impact they are now in a strong position to get people talking about how to deal with issues. With an active Facebook page and an interactive website, they want those in need to know that there are many opportunities to help users make progress.


‘The groups of women and men of all ages, backgrounds and all abilities have benefitted from knowing each other. To know that someone ‘gets it’ is a huge step to being understood and guided forwards.” said Sue another trustee who herself had a spinal stroke.


As well as existing services the group is also about to offer new activities such as sailing with Dart Sailability and a family dog walking group. All details will be on their sites.


The Stroke Book is a comprehensive local guide. Written in partnership with the NHS and partly funded by The National Lottery, it has advice and suggestions for what to do: it references lots of local services. Copies can be picked up free from hospitals, local libraries, Boots at the Willows and Pembroke House Surgery. Anyone wishing to help distribute them further can get them on request.


‘We are hoping to be out and about in The Bay at the various public events throughout the summer so if you see us don’t hesitate to come and have a chat.
What we would really like now is to build our volunteer base so if you think you can become involved please get in touch.’ said Jerry. ‘We know how rewarding volunteering can be and it would certainly help us.’


Torbay Stroke Support is keen to stress that everyone involved in the charity is a volunteer; they have no overheads or premises to rent for and pay no wages: every single pound and penny they have goes directly to provide services; for those they know need them.


Torbay Stroke Support can be contacted by e mail: [email protected] or by phone 07946 298 914