Crewe Stroke Support Group goes from Strength to Strength

Article: Jonathan White

Stroke Survivors Speech & Language Support Group in Crewe celebrates its fourth anniversary this year.

The Group is based at Union Street Baptist Church on Union Street in Crewe (Tuesdays, 11am) and helps stroke survivors in Cheshire East and surrounding areas with speech, language and communication difficulties to gain more contact with others and to rid them of their social isolation in a friendly and relaxed setting.

Stroke Survivors Speech & Language Support Group members at Union Street Baptist Church in Crewe

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.

Stroke Survivors Speech & Language Support Group members at Titanic Brewery

Liz Bedson, Founder of Stroke Survivors Speech & Language Support Group, said: “I founded the group four years ago, after my father survived a stroke in 2016. The stroke mainly affected his speech language and communication and there wasn’t anything for him after he left his rehabilitation. The Stroke Association did have a small group to help stroke survivors with their speech, but funding got withdrawn so I decided I’d start the Group up. 

Stroke Survivors Speech & Language Support Group members on the Audlem Lass boat

“We are a constituted, voluntary group who support Stroke Survivors with speech, language and communication difficulties with fun and engaging activities to help survivors with their difficulties. Often our members feel isolated, lose their confidence and self-esteem after surviving a stroke but we are there to help them regain it. 

“We are very inclusive and are person-centred meaning that we treat everyone as an individual. We encourage individuals to take part in our sessions in whichever way that suits them, through speak, writing and communication books.

“We also pride ourselves with our care, attention and professionalism and all volunteers are DBS checked. We enjoy trips out, previous trips include a trip on the Anderton Boat Lift with fish and chip lunch, Titanic Brewery, afternoon teas, quizzes, theatre trips etc. 

“All through Covid lockdown we kept in contact with our members through regular phone calls, distanced visits with treats to try and reduce the amount of social isolation. 

Stroke Survivors Speech & Language Support Group are also opening a new support service at The Thirteen Club in Alsager on Thursdays (10.30am) from 5th May 2022.

Stroke Survivors Speech & Language Support Group always welcome new members. Sessions run in 6 week blocks, then have 2 weeks off. For further information please contact Liz Bedson via phone: 07852826582 or email: strokesurvivorgroup@gmail.com