New moving forward after stroke partnership programme gets underway
Active Stirling and the Stroke Association are delighted to announce a new partnership that seeks to improve physical fitness and wellbeing of stroke survivors in Forth Valley. 
The service, which is based at Stirling Sports Village consists of a programme of physical activity and information sessions for stroke survivors, their family and friends. The aim of the programme is to reduce the risk of a second stroke and develop a peer support network for individuals.
Andrea Cail, Director Scotland of the Stroke Association said:
“Stroke is a sudden and devastating condition. It can affect people’s mobility, speech and emotions and is a leading cause of disability. This means that many stroke survivors rely on others for help with everyday activities. We are delighted to be working with Active Stirling on a programme which has the potential to change the lives of those who take part.”
The programme is the only one of its kind currently in Scotland and consists of tailor-made exercise programmes. Matt Bunnell, Director of Delivery at Active Stirling said
“On behalf of Stirling Council, we at Active Stirling are thrilled to have developed this unique and ambitious programme in partnership with the Stroke Association. This will widen our portfolio of person centred support programmes complementing the successful Active Living for Life exercise referral scheme. Strokes are now one of the most prevalent health risks across the globe and we are determined to ensure that people affected by stroke get the best support and care they need to lead happy and fulfilled lives.”
Friederike Klinghammer, Moving Forward After Stroke Co-ordinator believes the programme is a great opportunity for people who have had a stroke to enhance their recovery process. Friederike said “My colleague Dawn Wilkie (Active Stirling Exercise Referral Co-ordinator) and I are looking forward to working on the programme and supporting stroke survivors on their journey towards recovery. We want to help them to feel better through the adoption of a healthier lifestyle, which will result in a better quality of life and will help reduce the risk of a second stroke.”
The ‘Moving Forward after Stroke’ service is available for stroke survivors at any stage of their journey and the information sessions included are open to carers and/or family members who wish to go along.  In order to join the programme, people are advised to contact their local health professional.

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