Local ‘Young Women After Stroke’ group celebrate 1st anniversary

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Friday, March 11th, 2016
The Young Women’s Stroke Group in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area have just celebrated their first anniversary.
Members of the Southern area ‘Young Women After Stroke Group’ who ‘Stripped for Stroke’. Kate Gorman, Newry, Credit to Kirsty-Lyn Jameson Photography

Members of the Southern area ‘Young Women After Stroke Group’ who ‘Stripped for Stroke’. Pictured is Kate Gorman from Newry. Photo: Kirsty-Lyn Jameson Photography

‘Young Women After Stroke’ is the only group of its kind in the UK, set up to help women regain their confidence and independence following a stroke. The group currently has 25 members aged 16- 55 from across Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry and Mourne. Catherine Sheeran, who manages Community Stroke Services in the Southern Trust explained, “As well as the very physical affects it can have, stroke can completely turn people’s lives around, having an impact on self-confidence, relationships and employment status. “We want to help people to recover as much as they can and as quickly as possible following a stroke, so after their discharge from hospital, our team of specialist nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and rehabilitation assistants, provide intensive support to clients in their own homes for up to 12 weeks. “Some people will need ongoing support following this rehabilitation period and so we work closely with partners like the Stroke Association who offer fantastic services like the Young Women After Stroke group to help our clients regain normality again,” she added.
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TCH Feb 2016 advertThe group meets every fortnight in Brownlow Community Hub to share information and support each other and they have also embarked on a number of fundraising and stroke awareness campaigns like the ‘Strut for Stroke’ fashion show and a ‘Strip for Stroke’ calendar. Valerie Dale from the Stroke Association who co-ordinates the group explains, “Whilst most people who have a stroke are older, younger people can have strokes too. One in four strokes in the UK happen in people under the age of 65. With three times more women now dying from stroke than breast cancer, it is also now becoming much more common. She added, “Our women have experienced many social and psychological consequences, like loss of self-esteem and feelings of isolation or depression from the changes stroke has made to their lives. For more information on Stroke www.stroke.org.uk or to find out more about Young Women After Stroke or Tel: 07701339169 or Email: Valerie.dale@stroke.org.uk  
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