Different Strokes is a registered charity providing a unique, free service to younger stroke survivors throughout the United Kingdom.
Our services and the number of stroke survivors benefiting from them have grown dramatically since we were formed in 1996. We are run by stroke survivors for stroke survivors, for active self help and mutual support.
NEWSLETTER 53 NOW AVAILABLE!
The Christmas 2013 Newsletter is now available to download or read online here
RANJ PARMAR OF DIFFERENT STROKES SOUTHAMPTON ON BBC RADIO SOLENT
Different Strokes' very own Ranj Parmar,who had a stroke at 39, speaks about his experiences on the BBC Radio Solent series 'Living With It: Stroke'.
Ranj, along with his friend Andy, now runs the Different Strokes Southampton Exercise and Support Group for younger stroke survivors to help other survivors in their recovery. You can listen here
***THE DIFFERENT STROKES CHRISTMAS CARD SHOP***
Please support Different Strokes in our work by buying your Christmas Cards from our online shop. There is something to suit all tastes. And best of all, all proceeds go towards helping stroke survivors and their families.
Enter the shop here
***WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE TO DIFFERENT STROKES WITHOUT IT COSTING YOU A PENNY?***
As it's coming up to Christmas we will probably all be shopping online for Christmas presents for our nearest and dearest.
Did you know that many of the UK's biggest retailers will donate a percentage of your payments to Different Strokes as long as you download 'Give as you Live'?? This is a little application that you switch on when you are shopping and it automatically lets the retailer know to donate. And best of all... IT WILL COST YOU NOTHING.
To sign up, please visit www.giveasyoulive.com/join/differentstrokes and click on 'Get Started'.
Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year 2013 - Steve George
Peter Shave, a longstanding and loyal volunteer at Different Strokes office, sadly died in December 2012. In memory of Peter and to celebrate his life, and in particular his post-stroke achievements and voluntary work with Different Strokes, we launched the Different Strokes Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year award in the last issue of our newsletter.
We are happy to report that Steve George is Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year 2013. Everyone at Different Strokes would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Steve! For the full report, go here
For just £1 a week, you can support Different Strokes by entering the new Different Strokes Lottery. Win up to £25,000 each week. So why not give it a try... it's half the price of Lotto!
For more information, or to sign up, go here
Different Strokes Annual Conference
'Impact of Stroke on the Family'
On Saturday 19 October in Southampton, the 2013 Different Strokes Conference took place.
Read the conference report here
Different Strokes on the news!
A news item from BBC Spotlight featuring Different Strokes member Vernon sharing his story and our very own Lorraine. You can watch it here
Exercise After Stroke
We are currently researching Exercise After Stroke.
Please help us by completing our survey here