Funding awarded for local stroke club support

Release Date: 07 August 2017

A local club aimed at supporting victims of strokes, their families and carers through regular meetings, informal events, activities and friendship, has received funding from Richmond Council.

The South West London Stroke Club - Moving On aims to provide the opportunity for stroke survivors to meet in an informal atmosphere to share ideas, swap information, enjoy the company and support each other.  The club has regular speakers, social support, outings, games, quizzes and indoor bowls. It also offer Carers Support sessions when required.

The club currently has over 60 members and meets twice a month at the Sheen Lane Centre in East Sheen and twice a month at the YMCA in the White House in Hampton.

Through Richmond Council’s Civic Pride Fund, the club has been awarded £5,000 to help continue with its activities. The funding will be used towards the salary of the Stroke Club Manager.

The Civic Pride Fund is available to individuals or groups who want to organise a project or event to improve their local area and deliver more for their local communities. Grants of up to £5k are available to organisations and £1k for individuals.

Cllr David Linnette, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector, said:

“What a fantastic club. It provides an opportunity for those who have been affected by stroke to rediscover previous skills, learn new skills, regain confidence, increase independence and socialise with other individuals who have had similar experiences. 

“I am pleased that this funding will help the South West London Stroke Club continue to provide this network of support.”

Neil Ritchie, a Trustee and the Treasurer and Secretary of the South West London Stroke Club – Moving On, said:

“The Club, which is affiliated to The Stroke Association, continues to grow and benefit many stroke survivors with the aim of achieving the Club’s objective to improve their quality of life. The regular attendance of members and the testimonials which we receive from members and their families confirm that the Club is meeting its objective. This most welcome additional funding from the Richmond Civic Pride Fund will help to ensure that we can continue to provide our services as the only social stroke club in the south west London area.”

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Reference: P365/17

Updated: 31 August 2017