Stroke - useful information

NHS Choices

For full details about strokes please see NHS Choices > Stroke (

Royal College of Physicians

Care after stroke or transient ischaemic attack - information for patients and their carers: National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke (

Stroke Association

The Stroke Association provides a wide range of fact sheets and information booklets about stroke.

They also run a life after stroke grant system.

Telephone helpline: 0845 3033 100

Stroke Association website (

Different Strokes

Support for younger stroke survivors

Different Strokes website (

Headway helpline

Provide support, advice and help survivors to relearn skills following brain injury.

Telephone helpline: 0808 800 2244

Swindon and District local centre
Tel: 01793 436908

Citizens Advice Bureau

Can help with legal and financial advice.

Citizens Advice Bureau website (

Tel: 08444 994114

Age UK

Information and advice for older people about benefits, care, age discrimination and computer courses.

Age UK website (

Swindon Directory of Information, Support and Advice (DISA)

A directory of information, support and advice on free-to-use service for everyone in Swindon and the surrounding area.

Swindon DISA website (

Local support groups

  • Wiltshire Young Stroke
    Social events and monthly meetings aimed at younger stroke sufferers
    Tel: Bob Bizley, 01793 700259
  • Communication Support Groups
    Tel: Sue McCarthy, 01793 617846
  • Wroughton Social Stroke Group
    Tel: Mrs Mollie Newman, 01793 532402
  • Swindon Stroke Support Club
    Meet Thursday evenings
    Tel: Lin Hancock, 01793 529693

Lifestyle groups

  • Swindon Health Ambassadors
    Help with diet, exercise and stopping smoking.
    Contact: 07824 868437
  • Lifestyle: The Health Improvement Team
    Held at Broome Manor Health Club
    Various activities including for stroke gym sessions, walking group, etc
    Contact: 01793 864934
  • Highworth Stroke Exercise Group
    Exercise group for people with stroke
    Contact: 01793 762602
  • Marlborough Stroke Exercise Group
    Activity/gentle exercise
    Contact 01672 513161

Carer support

Organisations offering support, advice, and information for people who provide care:

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