Different Strokes

Empowering younger stroke survivors and family members to reclaim their lives through active support:

  • There are 152,000 strokes every year in the UK.
  • 1 in 4 (26%) of these occur in people under 65 years old.
  • The number of people having strokes aged 20 to 64 increased by 25% from 1990 to 2010 worldwide.

Different Strokes has taught me a lot...

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I’m Oliver Lilburn (stroke at 18) on the right, next to Danny Chase (stroke in his 30s).

For the last 10 months I've been on a uni placement at Different Strokes. Here are a few things I'll take away with me:

  • Strokes happen at all ages and everybody's stroke is different. People recover at different speeds and in different ways. Everybody’s recovery is individual and people need support to make the best recovery possible to them.

  • It's important to make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. During my time here I've had many different experiences and met many different people. This wouldn't have happened if it hadn’t have been for my stroke. Helping others has helped me too in the process.

  • I am now more patient too. I've learnt that everyone has a story and it is important to listen. There is always something to learn from everyone.

Different Strokes has many different volunteering opportunities - if you'd like to get involved, please call 01908 317618 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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

Tel: 01908 317618 or 0845 130 7172
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