Every year, around 2,500 people suffer a stroke in Surrey. Once discharged from hospital, specialist community groups can help stroke survivors on their road to recovery.
For relatives, it can be a huge shock and the aftermath can prove life-changing. Some people will need long term assistance to regain independence.
If you are seeking urgent advice, support and information, the Stroke Association have a helpline on 0303 3033 100. The helpline for carers is 0300 3300 740. Please check opening hours before you call.
This Age Space Surrey guide will look at different types of long-term stroke support available in Surrey. This is outside of immediate healthcare treatment that NHS hospitals will provide.
- Surrey Stroke Recovery Service
- Stroke Support Groups in Surrey
- Stroke Support Exercise Classes in Surrey
Surrey Stroke Recovery Services
The leading UK stroke charity: Stroke Association, provide a flexible and tailored stroke recovery service in Surrey. The service provides practical advice, emotional support and information following a stroke. Specialists are trained to identify physical needs of stroke survivors and plan to rebuild independence.
This support can be offered through home visits or on the telephone. Assistance can also be provided with accessing local leisure and social activities.
The Stroke Association service also supports carers and families emotionally, and with their care plan. Any stroke survivor is welcome to contact Surrey Stroke Recovery Service, including those who ave suffered TIAs/mini-strokes.
Please contact support scheme co-coordinator Tony Baxter to make a referral:
Telephone: 02079 401340
Dyscover is a charity providing long-term support and opportunities to people with aphasia following a stroke, and their families. Their centre in Leatherhead is open Monday to Friday and runs a variety of courses to meet different needs.
There are courses designed to help people adjust to living with aphasia, led by professional speech and language therapists. These courses involve a mix of one-on-one and group work, to improve communication skills.
There are also couples courses for helping maintain a relationship when someone has aphasia. Wider family support is available including monthly meetings to talk about progress or challenges.
Finally, in addition to core courses, Dyscover provide fun activities designed for stroke survivors. Such activities include: art, music, singing, iPad courses, therapy, cultural visits and adventure days out.
For more information, please contact Dyscover on the details below. You can make a referral for your relative if you feel they would benefit from Dyscover recovery services.
Address: Dyscover Limited, Leatherhead Court, Woodlands Road, Leatherhead, KT22 0BN
Telephone: 01737 819419
Stroke Support Groups in Surrey
The aftermath of a stroke can feel isolating for both the person who suffered one, and their family. Meeting other people affected be stroke can be really helpful as part of the recovery process.
Mole Valley Stroke Club
An opportunity to meet others who have experienced a stroke, and their carers. The club runs activities and two accessible outings a month.
Where? St. John Community Hall, Inholms Lane, North Holmwood, Dorking, RH5 4JH
When? Every Wednesday, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Telephone: 07733 485124
TALK Groups for with People with Aphasia
TALK Surrey works to support people living in Surrey with aphasia following a stroke. Volunteers run 5 talking support groups meeting in 4 areas across the county.
The group offers a variety of activities to regain confidence in communicating. This includes talking, reading, name recognition and creative expression.
TALK also offer home visits for people who can not get to a group session. Volunteers are supportive and enthusiastic and those who access the scheme often see an increase in self-esteem.
For more information about support groups or the work TALK does, you can contact operations manager Sharon Spurdle on 07718 425953 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where? The Salvation Army Room 3, Woodthorpe Road, TW15 3JY
When? Wednesdays, 10am -12pm
Volunteer Group Leader: Marianne Herne
Where? St Catherine’s Village Hall, Chestunt Avenue, GU2 4HF
When? Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Volunteer Group Leader: Caroline Parkes & Rosemarie Juliano
Where? The Vyne Community Centre, 45 Broadway, Woking, GU21 2SP
When? Thursdays, 10am -12pm
Volunteer Group Leader: Evelyne Collins
Where? The Walton Centre, Manor Road, KT12 2PB
When? Mondays, 1.45pm – 3.45pm
Volunteer Group Leader: Alison Wainwright
Walton on Thames Stroke Group
Walton Stroke Group works to benefit those who have had a stroke and their carers, within a ten mile radius of Walton. The group provides the chance to meet others in a similar situation and offers a range of activities and outings.
Volunteers are on hand at the group to provide services such as nail cutting and shopping. Physiotherapy, lunch, outings, annual holidays and events are all provided throughout the year at a subsidised cost. If access is an issue, transport can be arranged for people who live in the Walton and Hersham area.
Where? Walton Centre For The Community, Manor Road, KT12 2PB
When? Mondays, 10pm – 1pm
Telephone: 01932 229164
Stroke Support Exercise Classes in Surrey
Exercise aids recovery and rehabilitation after a stroke. It keeps you fit, mentally and physically, and can reduce the chance of a stroke happening again.
Goldaming Stroke Rehab Class
The Godalming stroke rehab class offers rehab activities specifically designed for those who have suffered a stroke. A normal class structure includes a gym-based warm-up, strength and cardio circuit and a gentle cool down and stretches. The class is run by a personal trainer and stroke rehabilitation instructor.
Where? Godalming Leisure Centre, Broadwater Park, Summers Road, GU7 3BH
When? Wednesdays, 1.45pm – 2.45pm
Telephone: 01483 410500
Haslemere Physiotherapy Stroke Club
Haslemere Stroke Club is a friendly group offering a relaxing chair-bound physiotherapy session with a pianist. There is tea and cake afterwards and an activity, talk, quiz or boccia. The afternoon aims to be fun and light-hearted but there is the chance to talk to other members about concerns. Carers are welcome, but do not have to join so can use the group as a respite service. Attending costs £3 and transport can be arranged for a small additional cost.
Where? Holy Cross Hospital, Hindhead Road, Haslemere, GU27 1NQ
When? Wednesdays, 2pm – 4pm
Telephone: 01428 653279
Woking Strokeability Exercise
A small group set up to assist stroke survivors and help their carers. Woking Strokeability provides support through two weekly exercise classes. They also put on social events for stroke survivors and their carers in the community. Exercise helps to restore confidence and fitness, while carers can benefit from contact with fellow carers. For more information on Woking Strokeability contact Ben Anthony: email@example.com
In a fully equipped gym room, exercises are led by a specialist stroke rehabilitation instructor. Exercises can be carried out in a wheelchair or sitting down. There is also specialist gym equipment designed for stroke rehabilitation available to use.
Where? Woking Leisure Centre, 23 Queen Elizabeth Way, GU22 9AG
When? Saturdays, 2.30pm
The class is led by an instructor in a heated pool, that goes from 2-5 feet deep. The pool has a disabled changing room and a hoist for those who need help getting in the water. Members can be joined by their carer in the water if necessary. After the aqua aerobics session, there is a meet up at a local golf club for lunch.
Where? Woking Homes, Oriental Rd, GU22 7BE
When? Tuesday mornings