New stroke support service launched in the North-east

Stroke is the major cause of disability throughout Scottish communities and almost everyone knows someone who has been affected.

In the North East of Scotland alone more than 13,550 people are living with the effects of stroke.

Leading medical charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is launching a new Outreach Communication Support Service in the North-east to support people who have had a stroke.

Services will be available in various towns including Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

The new services are tailored to the needs of the individual but generally involve chatting over a cup of tea in one-to-one or group setting.

Volunteers help people overcome their communication difficulties so that they can participate fully in activities and support them to achieve their individual goals, either around the home or in the community - for example a shopping trip or attending a local event.

Activities like these help to rebuild confidence after a stroke and make a huge difference to people’s quality of life.

Local Coordinator, John Cummings explained: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the charity - we couldn’t operate our services without them - and you can be sure of a being valued and properly trained.

“CHSS has been awarded ‘Investing in Volunteers’ status in recognition of the quality of our volunteer programme.”

If you could spare time to join the volunteer team contact John Cummings on 07587 775701 or e-mail john.cummings@chss.org.uk.

All expenses are fully reimbursed.

John added: “As a volunteer, you have the power to change lives.”