Nationally around 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke every year. That’s the same as about one person per every five minutes. This is a scary statistic but the county of Berkshire is among the most well equipped to respond to strokes.
The Royal Berkshire Hospital has a designated hyper acute stroke unit. This means there is round-the-clock specialist treatment available for patients who experience a stroke, as well as post-rehabilitation care. Stroke recovery, support and exercise groups are also on hand to help stroke survivors on their road to recovery.
These groups can also support relatives; the aftermath of a stroke can prove life-changing for loved ones.
For urgent advice, support and information, the Stroke Association have a helpline on 0303 3033 100. There is a specialist helpline for carers on 0300 3300 740. Please check opening hours before you call.
Berkshire Stroke Recovery Services:
The Stroke Association is the largest UK charity helping those affected by a stroke. Two hubs in Berkshire provide a flexible stroke recovery service to local residents following a stroke. Specialists are on hand to identify physical and mental needs, and build a plan to regain independence.
This recovery support can be provided through home visits or on the telephone. Assistance can also be offered with accessing leisure facilities and social activities.
East Berkshire Stroke Recovery Service
Coordinator: Alison Philp
Telephone: 01344 306177
Reading and Wokingham Stroke Recovery Service
Coordinator: Dave Riley
Telephone: 01183 219349
Stroke Care for Newbury and West Berkshire
The charity aims to provide relief and practical support to residents of West Berkshire who have suffered a stroke. The group is structured to support stoke survivors and their families and carers from hospital discharge through to independent living.
Stroke Care for Newbury and West Berkshire provide a comprehensive programme of physiotherapy, cognitive therapy and communication therapy. This is all targeted on rehabilitation and building confidence. The programme is very sociable and there is the chance to meet other families in similar circumstances who can provide mutual support.
Coordinator: Fiona Forrest
Telephone: 01635 529360
Stroke Support Groups in Berkshire:
Support groups provide a space to talk with others who have also be affected by a stroke. They are free and inclusive, and often play a big part in a quicker recovery.
Bracknell Stroke Club
The Tuesday Stroke Club in Bracknell is a social support group for those who have suffered a stroke and their carers. The club has a friendly atmosphere with quizzes, games, visiting speakers and trips out in the summer months.
Where? Edmonds Court, Sandy Lane, Bracknell, RG12 2HP
When? 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 10am – 12.15pm
Telephone: 01344 429778 (Patsy Hawkins)
Crowthorne Stroke and Disabled Club
The club is based in Crowthorne and run entirely by volunteers. All local residents who have had a stroke or who have a physical disability are welcome to join. There is the chance to socialise and enjoy a change of scene. Quizzes, raffles and guest speakers are on offer when the club meet. The Crowthorne Stroke and Disabled Club also run outings to the local area including a boat trip on the Thames.
Where? Morgan Centre, Wellington Road, Crowthorne, RG45 7LD
When? 4th Thursday of the month (excluding August and December),
Telephone: 01256 279204 (Claire Lewis)
Earley and Woodley Stroke Club
A small and friendly support group where stroke survivors can meet up along with a large group of helpful volunteers. The group take part in gentle exercise, quizzes and games and throughout the year local trips out are organised.
Where? Our Lady of Peace Social Club, 338 Wokingham Road, Earley, RG6 7DA
When? Tuesdays, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Telephone: 01189 695598 (Keith Hutchings)
Reading Stroke Support Group
Part of the Stroke Association recovery service, this support group aims to motivate people to set and achieve some personal goals following a stroke. There is the chance to meet other stroke survivors and for carers to meet other carers. Through activities and group presentations, there is the opportunity to share stories and receive advice and support.
Where? 252-260 Northumberland Avenue, Reading, RG2 7QA
When? 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 1st and 3rd of the month
Telephone: 01183 219349
Newbury Speakability Group
The Newbury Speakability Group welcomes all stroke survivors with aphasia (problems with speaking) from Newbury and the surrounding West Berkshire area. The support group aims to help attendees build confidence, make new friends and practice speaking. Each meeting starts with tea, coffee, biscuits and conversation. This is followed by activities and language practice to overcome communication difficulties.
Where? St Joseph’s Church Hall, 105 London Road, Newbury, RG14 1JP
When? 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Telephone: 01635 863019
Sandhurst Stroke and Disabled Club
Sandhurst Stroke and Disabled Club welcomes local people affected by a stroke and other disabilities. The club offers support and friendship. It is run by volunteers and donations. The group provides information and peer support as well as fun activities. Such activities include pub lunches, games and presentations by visiting speakers.
Where? Sandhurst Methodist Church, Scotland Hill, Sandhurst, GU47 8JR
When? 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month (excluding August), 10am – 12pm
Telephone: 01344 775698 (Pam Owles)
Tilehurst Caring for Stroke
Tilehurst Caring for Stroke support group welcome all stroke survivors and their carers and family members. There is opportunity to share experiences and make new friends over a cup of tea. The group also run activities including guest speakers, quizzes and arts, all of which are aphasia friendly.
Where? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, RG30 4PE
When? 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Telephone: 01183 219349