Support for stroke survivors and their carers in Southampton

Stroke Association

Life After Stroke Grants

If you are a stroke survivor who is suffering from the financial impact of stroke we are here to help. Our Life After Stroke Grants can provide a one off payment of up to £300 to fund vital home or personal equipment or by funding support to become active in your local community.  For more information visit the Stroke Association website or phone their helpline 0303 3033 100.

The Communication Support Service

This service works with stroke survivors and their carers who are living with the effects of communication difficulties, to create opportunities to develop/practice functional communication strategies, help rebuild confidence and get back to life after a stroke.

Communication Support Co-ordinator, Southampton:
Suzie Maidment
Tel: 02380 562011

Southampton Stroke Health Promotion and Engagement Service

Southampton Stroke Health Promotion and Engagement works directly with members of the public to disseminate health promotion messages and raise awareness of stroke, including how to prevent a stroke, the effects of stroke and how to recognise a stroke (FAST). The service also aims to ensure that people who have had a stroke, and their carers, are meaningfully involved in the planning, development, delivery and monitoring of stroke services.
  • Stroke Prevention advice and support for people who have had a stroke, their family and carers
  • Promoting ways to reduce the risk of a stroke
  • Referrals and signposting to other services and support e.g. smoking cessation
  • Practical and emotional support
  • Assistance with access to local leisure and social activities
  • Signposting to other organisations which may help
  • The opportunity to have your say on your experiences of local stroke services and to help re-shape future stroke service developments.
Lydia Lockhart, Health Promotion and Engagement Coordinator
07717 275 810

Stroke Support Groups

Thornhill Stroke Support Group welcomes people affected by stroke from the east of Southampton city as well as surrounding districts including Hedge End, West End, Botley, Bishopstoke and Fair Oak. The group provides social and recreational activities including art and gardening. There’s also communication support for people with aphasia and other communication disabilities caused by stroke, as well as exercise sessions and physiotherapy.

Thornhill Stroke Support Group
Thornhill Baptist Church Hall, Thornhill Park Road
SO18 5TR

Meetup: Every Tuesday 2pm-4pm


Andrea Collins
07929 374960

The Totton Stroke Support Group tries to help all our group members in many activities including social and communication support, outings, meals, games and quizzes, musical, singing, guitar and trumpet recitals. The groups is also seeking to expand its art activities .

As a ‘Time to Talk’ group we place a great deal of emphasis on getting people to talk, both in one to one situations, group discussions and personal presentations – which is not easy!

Totton and Eling Community Centre
Library Road
SO40 3AP

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Meetup: Every Wednesday

Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm


Valerie Insuli
02380 842 295

West End Stroke Club is a friendly, self sufficient support club founded in 1998 and affiliated to the Stroke Associaton. The club warmly welcomes membership from people affected by stroke from Southampton and surrounding areas. The group provides information and peer support and offers social and recreational activities including games, quizzes, conversation and exercise. St John Ambulance attends all meetings and minibuses with chair lifts are hired to ensure all members can attend outings.

For more information, please get in touch.

Meeting information

The group meets on the last Saturday of the month from 10.00 to 13.00. The group does not meet in August.

Medwall Court Community Centre
Medwall Green
SO19 6JP

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Meetup: Monthly on Saturday
Time: 10am to 1pm


Mrs Susan Hill
02381 788 500

Talk Stroke online forum:

TalkStroke is a place where you can meet other people affected by stroke, share stories and experiences, find out what has worked for others and provide each other with support and information. You can also discuss research, share fundraising ideas, or find out how to get involved with campaigning.

Please note that the Stroke Association does not respond to postings or answer questions about stroke that are posted here. If you require information or support, please contact our Stroke Helpline team on 0303 3033 100 or email

More information via The Stroke Association website here:

Different Strokes Support Group

Andy Clay and Ranj Parmar run the Different Strokes Southampton group.
We have both had strokes, in 2009, and felt that there was nothing in the way of continued support once leaving Hospital and post the 6 week structured support provided by the Community Stroke Team.
We got together along with Different Strokes, and formed a group to help other survivors in the area. We meet at Sainsburys, fortnightly, on a Thursday, from 11am – 1pm.
We have membership of a rehabilitation gym that has assisted exercise machines. This is called Therapeutics and is based in Eastleigh, Southampton.
For more details and times, feel free to contact either myself or Ranj.

Andy – 07817 874440
Ranj – 07860 574863

Or visit our website

There is a Facebook Group here: “Stroke Survivors Southampton”

Sainsburys Portswood location –…/storelocator/storelocator_det…

Therapeutics Gym location –

Information guide: National Clinical Guideline for Stroke

This book tells you what care should be provided after stroke. It is written for people with stroke and their carers. It’s a short “easy read” version of the detailed National Clinical Guideline for Stroke.
  • It tells you what care should be provided after stroke.
  • It tells you some key points but in less detail.
  • It is written for people with stroke and their carers.
  • It is for anyone with difficulty reading or understanding.

Click here to download:

Google tools for special needs

Technology can be a powerful tool to assist people with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level.