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.

Stroke Art Cafe
Have you or somebody you care for had a stroke?
The Art support group may be a good start for you!
Anybody affected by stroke or wanting to attend or volunteer is welcome.

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

Different Strokes- the young stroke (national organization)

Stroke Association Family Support

North Staffordshire Stroke Recovery Service Stroke Association

Newcastle and Kidsgrove Community Rehabilitation Team. if you are working age you can self refer to the service.

Self Help

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)

Helping your relative recover while in hospital

Arm function and positioning: Please look at this page for videos on how to look after your paralysed arm after stroke, exercises you can do to reduce spasticity, and advice on positioning a stroke patients in bed or in a chair.

GRASP tool: Upper limb exercises patients can do at home and in hospital

Guide for upper limb exercises after stroke Viatherapy for therapists

ARNI Do it yourself Stroke Rehabilitation manual and instructors

Speech (STEPS) computer assisted self help speech relearning programme

 Language recovery after stroke (OLIENA) App PDF (278 pages)

Aids and appliances

Depression online self help resource

Regaining confidence website: advice on recovery for stroke survivors.

Advice for recovery form a stroke survivor Fighting Strokes Kate Allatt

The Stroke Association Life after Stroke information and links

Physio2U Private physiotherapy

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


Work and Leisure

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



Sex (general information) (detailed information on intimacy after stoke)


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

Driving  DLVA flowchart

The Regional Driving Assessment Centre is an accredited member of the Forum of Mobility Centres, and runs 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: Advice and information for people who have had a stroke and their carers and they can be contacted via email to  Sharon Reynolds or by phone on 0845 337 1540.   (Referral form)

Driving Assessment Centres in Cannock and Birmingham

Derby Driveability Centre

Any NHS health professional can refer directly to our service using our simple 2 page referral form. Email us at if you donít have a form at hand. Clients can self refer for a fee of £60. Motability customers can be referred by Motability phone 0300 456 4566. From May 2019 two maonthly assessments will take place in Stroke. Please contact the Derby cetre for details of dates and venues.

Getting involved in Research

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


Stroke survivors in the media: films and books

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 Survivor of a brain stem stroke with locked in syndrome

Peter Blair 10 tips for stroke recovery