Our meetings, held in the Jubilee Hall at Alveston, aim to stimulate the senses and give an opportunity to re-develop communication skills. Typically, we have talks on a wide variety of subjects, musical entertainment and games. Although the content of the meetings varies, there is always tea and a large slice of cake to enjoy with friends.
It is surprising how many hidden talents emerge after a stroke, our members who have previously shown no artistic aptitude often discover that they can not only produce creditable award winning works of art but also discover a pleasurable and satisfying pastime.
Many of our Stroke Members that had never painted before having a stroke now produce lovely artwork and their designs are reproduced for sale for the benefit of the Group. Also on art days, a team of volunteers recycle greetings cards which are sold throughout the year.
For several years we have been invited to join the Thornbury Art Club to exhibit our members pictures at their annual art exhibition. This event has always been extremely successful and has been a great encouragement to our members. We would like to express our thanks to Thornbury Art Club for their continuing support.
Taking part in our indoor bowls team is good exercise and helps to re-develop hand and eye co-ordination. For those that have previously enjoyed sport, it is also an outlet for that friendly competitive streak.
Not only is swimming great exercise for those that have reduced mobility, it is also an excellent confidence booster. Some of our members could not swim before joining the group. Not to be underestimated is the social aspect, mixing with other users of the pool and the camaraderie of looking out for each other.
Outings take place during the summer months and range from visits to places of interest to venues where we can enjoy a nice lunch or afternoon tea. Depending on the distance, we may use volunteers’ cars, mini buses and in some cases full size coaches. Whatever the mode of transport we always provide for those in wheelchairs and members who need help to get around.
A long standing tradition of the group is to provide time away in a hotel that can cater for our needs. The holiday provides a welcome break for our members and it must be said, some respite for their families! Volunteers provide support and if specialist care is needed we make sure that this is available.
Lunches & Teas
We also organise several lunches and teas throughout the year.