Verbal supports Stroke campaign

This is Stroke Awareness Week. There are over 32,998 survivors of Stroke living in Northern Ireland and the Verbal Arts Centre’s Reading Rooms project is working with those surviving a stroke in Derry/Londonderry and Belfast with a larger programme about to commence.

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Participants surviving a stroke come under the Reading Rooms Health and Well Being umbrella which includes living with long term conditions, mental health and disability.

The volunteers from the Reading Rooms project have just completed training with the Stroke Association to help them deliver and communicate better with those surviving a stroke.

"This was a really comprehensive training day for the volunteers", said Sinead Devine, Reading Rooms Programme Manager.

 "We learned so much about the different types of Stroke and how people can be affected. This was led by Liam Quigley. Sharon Millar - a Speech Therapist working with the Stroke Association - then took us through how we can better deliver Reading Rooms and how to communicate using a range of methods including reading, using the written word or visuals, body language, expression, pace, tone and gestures to enable participants to fully enjoy Reading Rooms with their friends, family and SA volunteers and carers. 

“Sharon brought with her; William, a Stroke Survivor from County Antrim to participate in the session as well and he conducted a series of practical exercises which tested our ability to communicate. It was a really wonderful session and we cannot thank the Stroke Association enough for sharing their expertise with us."

Don't forget the FAST campaign Face- Has their Face fallen to one side? Can they smile?

 Arms- Can they raise both arms and keep them there?

 Speech - Is their speech slurred?

 Time - Time to call 999 if you see even one of these symptoms.

And Say" I think this person is having a Stroke".

Time lost is Brain Lost - So Act FAST. And remember anyone can have a stroke at any age.

The Stroke Association's campaign this year is called Give a Hand from 26 October until 1 November by undertaking your favourite activity, but with a twist - use your other hand.

You can paint a scary Halloween picture for trick or treaters, bake and decorate delicious chocolate cupcakes or challenge your friends to ‘other hand bowling’.

Whatever you choose, Give a Hand and raise funds to help change the world for people affected by stroke.

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