Different Strokes

Celebrating 20 years of reclaiming lives after stroke:

  • There are 152,000 strokes in the UK each year.
  • At least 1 in 4 strokes happen to someone of working age or younger.
  • Total people having strokes aged 20 to 64 increased by 25% from 1990 to 2010 worldwide.

Congratulations to our 20th Anniversary Celebration Award Winners!

Jim Currie: Irwin Mitchell Unsung Hero Volunteer 2016

Nominated in recognition of his untiring work in setting up and running the London South East group, supporting local members, representing Different Strokes at the UK Stroke Forum and for his fundraising efforts.  Award kindly sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.


“I would like send a huge thank you to everyone connected to the Different Strokes family in one way or another who voted for me to receive the 'Unsung Hero Volunteer' award and wrote so many kind words of affection and appreciation. 

Through Different Strokes I have had the privilege to meet so many wonderful and inspiring people - survivors, family members and friends, health workers and volunteers - many of whom have also helped me through my stroke journey. If it was not for my own family and the Different Strokes family being there for me I would not have been able to do as much as I have.

To be given the 'Unsung Hero Volunteer' award is a great honour (a total surprise!) and something that I will hold most dear with very cherished memories.  Thank you.”

Olga Mathews: Peter Shave Volunteer of the Year 2015-2016

Nominated in recognition of her amazing work as Volunteer Facebook Administrator for the Different Strokes Facebook support group at www.facebook.com/groups/differentstrokesuk/. Award made in memory of Different Strokes volunteer Peter Shave who passed away in 2012. 


"I was truly touched to receive this award and to hear that so many people appreciate my work with Different Strokes. I am grateful for all the good friends I've made and all the support I've had through Different Strokes. I want that friendship and support to be there for others too."

We simply couldn’t function without our team of hardworking and dedicated volunteers around the UK, so we'd like to say a very big THANK YOU to all of you!  You are an integral and very important part of Different Strokes.  If you’d like to join the team, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Your opinion counts!  Please take part in our survey

20160927 membersthip survey

Different Strokes is undergoing a period of change to ensure that it is sustainable, forward thinking and able to provide high quality services. Your feedback will inform our plans for the future. 

We will be randomly selecting two participants to receive Tesco vouchers worth £25 as a gesture of our thanks for giving us this valuable feedback.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 24th October 2016.

Click here to complete our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/diffstrokes.  Thank you. 

Help us to raise £20K and travel 20,000 miles ...

WorldHelp us make 2016 the year we reach even more survivors!  Take part in our challenge to travel around the world in 8 ways together.  It’s simple to get involved.  Throughout 2016, add your running, walking, climbing, swimming, wheeling, cycling, sailing or freefalling event to our campaign page and see how far around the world we can go! Visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/8ways


Different Strokes Central Services
9 Canon Harnett Court
Wolverton Mill
Milton Keynes MK12 5NF

Tel: 01908 317618 or 0345 130 7172
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