In 2014, our experienced volunteers contributed a huge 14,636 hours of support, ranging from providing visits to stroke survivors in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities to encourage and empower, through to long-term peer support, education and community linkages. Our team aim to deliver best practice peer support in both individual and group settings, primarily focused on teaching and providing:

STROKE SUPPORT CENTRES

 

We are currently developing a number of centres to create a local hub for all survivors transitioning out of clinical care, where they can receive vital hands-on support and education on ‘real-life’ needs and services. The centres are a focal point to bring key support and community partners together in delivering education that bridges the current gap in non-clinical rehabilitation for survivors. For the many survivors who suffer isolation and anxiety due to acquired brain and physical impairment, these centres ensure there is a supportive facility to re-engage them with their community.

OPTIMUM HEALTH & WELLBEING PROGRAMS

 

These programs are a collection of health and wellness activities and experiences that the Association facilitates for survivors and carers. Some activities are structured around a strengths-based approach, working with each individual and their own capacity and level of ability. Others are interest-based, focusing on activities and programs that the individual has identified as an existing or new opportunity to engage in. Group program sessions are also run where possible, ranging from activities like mindfulness and meditation to low-impact sports, cooking, crafts and singing; all aimed at rehabilitative and self-empowerment outcomes.

VOCATIONAL MENTORING

 

Meaningful work or contribution to society is a critical factor in positive self-perception and mental wellbeing. The Association partners with Rotary and other like-minded community groups to provide vocational mentoring, training and business connections to get survivors equipped to return to work or pursue new careers or employment opportunities.  This program aims to reduce the largest burden of disease created by stroke in Australia, being lost productivity in excess of $3billion per annum.

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