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Stroke Support Services in Berkshire

Stroke support Berkshire

Around 100,000 people in the UK have a stroke every year. That’s approximately one person every five minutes. This is a scary statistic, but the county of Berkshire is among the best equipped to respond to strokes.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital has a designated hyper acute stroke unit. This means that there is around-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.

If you are worried about a stroke happening again, you may be interested in arranging a care needs assessment in Berkshire or reading our article on buying a personal alarm.

Berkshire Stroke Recovery Services

Stroke Association

Stroke association recovery Berkshire

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, as well as building a plan for regaining independence.

This recovery support can be provided through home visits or on the telephone. Assistance can also be offered for accessing leisure facilities and social activities.

East Berkshire Stroke Recovery Service
Reading and Wokingham Stroke Recovery Service

Stroke Care for Newbury and West Berkshire

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, their families and their 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.

Headway Thames Valley

Headway Thames Valley is a charity based in Henley-on-Thames that supports people in Berkshire and South Oxfordshire who have suffered a brain injury. Their work includes support to people who have suffered stroke.

Their services include advice and counselling, information about brain injuries and support groups. You can visit their website or get in touch with Headway Thames Valley for full information on everything they can provide.

Stroke Support Groups in Berkshire

Support groups provide a space to talk with others who have also been affected by a stroke. They are free and inclusive and often play a big part in a quicker recovery.

Bracknell Tuesday 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? Bracknell Methodist Church, Shepherds Lane, Bracknell, RG42 2DD
  • When? First and third Tuesdays of the month, 10am - 12.15pm
  • Telephone: 01344 429778 (Patsy Hawkins)
  • Email: [email protected]

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. This is a chance to socialise and enjoy a change of scene with quizzes, raffles and guest speakers on offer when the club meet. The Crowthorne Stroke and Disabled Club also runs outings in the local area including a boat trip on the Thames.

  • Where? Morgan Centre, Wellington Road, Crowthorne, RG45 7LD
  • When? Fourth Thursday of the month (excluding August and December), 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • Telephone: 01256 279204
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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 takes part in gentle exercise, quizzes and games and local trips out are organised throughout the year.

  • Where? Our Lady of Peace Social Club, 338 Wokingham Road, Earley, RG6 7DA
  • When? Please get in touch for more details regarding timings.
  • Telephone: 01189 695598
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Reading Stroke Support Group

Coffee at 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 Northumberland Avenue, Reading, RG2 7QA
  • When? Please get in touch for more details regarding timings.
  • Telephone: 0118 321 9349
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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.

The group runs from two different locations, as listed below:

Chequers Hotel
  • Where? Chequers Hotel, 6-8 Oxford Street, Newbury, RG14 1JB
  • When? First and third Mondays of the month, 10.30am - 12:00pm
Thatcham Garden Centre
  • Where? Thatcham Garden Centre, Bath Rd, Thatcham, RG18 3AN
  • When? Second and fourth Mondays of the month, 10:30am - 12:00pm

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? Please get in touch for more details regarding timings.
  • Telephone: 01344 775698
  • Email: [email protected]
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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 Royal British Legion, Downing Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5BB
  • When? Please get in touch for more details regarding timings.
  • Telephone: 07434 894489
  • Email: [email protected]
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