Life After Stroke

Getting back to usual pastimes, work, hobbies, and travel can be difficult after stroke. Making the effort to go out will, however, help recovery and quality of life. It may be necessary to adapt activities to fit in with the individual's disabilities.

I hope this site will help you to get the information you need to give it a try. If you have had a stroke and are now back to sport, leisure, and work, please let us know what helped you get back. If there are any facilities which are particularly suited for people with stroke related disabilities, please let us know.

If you have got back top leisure activities and would like to let other stroke patients know how best to go about it please contact us to let us know how you can help.



Stroke Association Family Support can be contacted directly via this link.

Stroke Art Cafe                                                                 
Have you or somebody you care for had a stroke?
Art support group for you!
Anybody affected by stroke or wanting to attend or volunteer is welcome.
Hanley Library, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3RS
Tuesday PM (13:00-15:00) every fortnight. Please contact Magdalen McAtominey 01782 723873 for further information.

Newcastle and Kidsgrove Community Rehabilitation Team. if you are working age you can self refer to the service. Please click link for details.

Strokes 'R' Us - the young stroke group (Stoke)

Different Strokes- the young stroke (national organization)



Reading and eyesight

Reading (Free online vision training programme for patients with hemianopia)

Eyesearch  Free online vision training program for improving stroke-related problems with eyesight (hemianopia, spatial negelect)

DREX (Durham University) Free online vision training program for improving stroke-related problems with eyesight (hemianopia, spatial negelect)


Stroke Rehabilitation exercises (advice on what stroke survivors and and carers can do)

ARNI Do it yourself Stroke Rehabilitation manual and instructors

Arm and hand function

GRASP tool: exercises to help arm and hand movement  (can be downloaded form the website for free)

Speech and understanding

Speech (STEPS) computer assisted self help speech relearning programme

Facial weakness

Exercises to improve mouth and face weakness (instruction book costs around 10)


Aids and appliances

Depression  online self help resource

Regaining confidence  website: advice on recovery for stroke survivors.

The Stroke Association Life after Stroke information and links

Physio2U Private physiotherapy

Medic Alert provides vital details on your medical condition in an emergency 



Equip Stroke Advice on travel, self help, and equipment form the Stroke Association





Services for people who are fed via a PEG tube after the stroke

Driving  DLVA flowchart

The Regional Driving Assessment Centre has centres in Birmingham, Oxford, Cannock, Hull and Northampton to help disabled people of all ages and the elderly maintain their independent mobility safely. The centres have a fleet of adapted vehicles permanently available which can cater for a wide range of mobility needs. Services include driving ability assessment, advice on adaptations and passenger/Carer Assessment. More information is available on the RDAC Information leaflet. They can be contacted  online, via email, or by phone on 0845 337 1540.  Professionals can make referrals secourely online or via email  (Referral form)



Mr Brin Helliwell, a 'strokie' and user representative on the West Midlands Stroke Research Network Management Board,  Part 1 and Part 2 of the speech.

Personal experience of involvement in research part 1  part 2 part 3



Lotje Sodderland: my beautiful broken brain -experience of brain haemorrhage

Jill Bolte-Taylor:  A stroke of insight -a personal view of brain haemorrhage

Kate Allatt Running Free. Breaking out of locked-in syndrome