For full details about strokes please see the NHS website: Stroke (www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke/pages/introduction.aspx).
Royal College of Physicians
Care after stroke or transient ischaemic attack - information for patients and their carers: National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke (www.rcplondon.ac.uk/guidelines-policy/stroke-guidelines).
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 (www.stroke.org.uk)
Support for younger stroke survivors
Different Strokes website (www.differentstrokes.co.uk)
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 (www.citizensadvice.org.uk/)
Tel: 08444 994114
Information and advice for older people about benefits, care, age discrimination and computer courses.
Age UK website (www.ageuk.org.uk)
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 (www.swindondisa.co.uk).
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 Carol Nichols, 01793 770144
- Swindon Stroke Support Club
Meet Thursday evenings
Tel: Lin Hancock, 01793 529693
- 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
Contact 01672 513161
Organisations offering support, advice, and information for people who provide care: