Last summer we awarded Bristol After Stroke £7,000 through the Medlock Fund for Older People to redesign their volunteer service. The charity relies heavily on its volunteers to run its front-line services including the popular drop-in Stroke Cafés which benefit so many people, including Ron.
Facing up to life after stroke
Ron spent five weeks in hospital after having a stroke in July 2017. He felt he was discharged with very little preparation for life after stroke. Fortunately, his partner did some research and found a home care service and Bristol After Stroke. After nine months of home care he felt able to manage for himself and to get out and about. He “plucked up the courage to face life on his own”. He joined a gym, has started volunteering, and regularly attends Bristol After Stroke’s Fishponds Stroke Support Group and the Bristol Stroke Café.
Support and counselling from Bristol After Stroke have helped him to accept what he now can and can’t do. He views his stroke as another new experience. It has made him feel like a new person – not better or worse just different. You can read Ron’s full story here.
Emma Collier from Bristol After Stroke said: “For Bristol After Stroke the funding has enabled the recruitment of a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator who has undertaken a wholesale review of our volunteering programme. Since the start of the project in September 2018 we have recruited an additional nine volunteers, an increase of over 20%, who now give their time, energy and commitment to helping people rebuild their lives after stroke.”