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Support for stroke survivors and their carers

We support people who are recovering from a stroke, and their carers, with a range of projects and activities.​

The services listed below are specialist services open to all stroke survivors and in some cases their carers. Many services and activities are free and you don’t have to have an assessment from adult care to benefit from what they offer.

Bristol Area Stroke Foundation (BASF)

This organisation offers support, advice, information, counselling, short courses, advocacy, family support and local stroke groups including:

The Stroke Café

This runs once a month providing information, advice and support for stroke survivors, people affected by a mini-stroke and their carers. The group also talks about different topics each month including healthy eating, exercise, benefits, carers’ support, managing stress and much more.

The Stroke Café is held on the second Friday of every month between 11am and 1pm at Downend Methodist Church, Badminton Road, Downend, Bristol, BS16 6NU.

The stroke groups meet weekly and offer a range of activities throughout the year.

  • Yate, Monday, 2pm to 4pm
  • Fishponds, Wednesday, 10am to 12pm
  • Gardening Group Downend, Wednesday, 2pm to 4pm

There is also a Stroke Café at Southmead Hospital, Gate 9 Level 5, this is held on the last Tuesday of every month from 2pm till 3.30pm.

BASF short courses include:

ACTion after stroke – This is a four week programme with an optional fifth.  It was created especially for people who feel distressed or anxious. This is open for carers as well as people affected by stroke. Action after Stroke is about learning ways to manage painful feelings thoughts and sensations.

Conversation group – The conversation group is a group aimed at people with Aphasia, it  is a seven week structured programme that aims to support the improvement and confidence in speech and communication.

Next Steps – this is an eight week support programme that involves goal-set exercise to increase mobility and prevent falls and also information and discussion to promote good physical and mental health after stroke.

Stroke of Genius a ten week therapeutic programme for younger people with stroke.

For more information:

Tel: 0117 9647657


Conversation Groups

South Gloucestershire Conversation groups (for people with communication difficulties after a stroke)

Many people who are recovering from a stroke feel isolated and frustrated that their speech has been affected and they are unable to communicate as they used to. These community based conversation groups help people regain their confidence in using their speech in everyday social situations. The group meets twice a month, in Thornbury, Yate and Longwell Green in small numbers to talk about a wide range of topics from current affairs, the latest ‘gossip’, to group members’ interests.

As a social group, members are able to share experiences at their own pace, in a supportive environment while making new friends and having fun.

“Mum is really enjoying coming to the group and thinks it is really helping her.”

“It’s great to be able to given the time I need to talk rather than feel I am unable to keep up with conversations.”

The groups run at the following venues:

Thornbury, The Chantry: Wednesday 1.30 – 3.00pm

Ridgewood Centre, Yate: Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 noon

Longwell Green Community Centre: Thursday  1.30 – 3.00pm

To find out more please contact: Speech and Hearing Outpatients Department, Cossham Hospital. Tel: 0117 3408525

South Gloucestershire Conversation Group (for people with a diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia)

A conversation group course for people with Primary Progressive Aphasia (a rare form of dementia, which affects a person’s language and communication skills initially). The group meets twice a month at Longwell Green. Again, it is a social group in a supportive and friendly environment providing the opportunity to learn and practice new ways to help people to communicate, and to support each other in conversation as much as we can.

Longwell Green Community Centre: Wednesday 10.30 – 12.00 noon

To find out more please contact: Speech and Hearing Outpatients Department, Cossham Hospital. Tel: 0117 3408525

Different Strokes

This local exercise group offers support and encouragement to stroke survivors and their carers. Exercise classes are held twice a week, including gym based work and aerobic exercise.  After the classes members are welcome to stay for a hot drink and informal chat. For further information please contact Philippa Springer:

Tel: 01453 810070

Mobile: 07515 148032



Thornbury Stroke Group

This group provides social activities including swimming, art and an indoor bowls group. They also give general information and support to stroke survivors and their families in the Thornbury and surrounding areas. For more information please contact:

Tel: 01454 415161


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