Stroke survivors in Donegal have begun meeting on a virtual level to share support with others affected by stroke in Ireland and internationally.
With many meetings cancelled and personal connections lost due to Covid-19, the online chat groups have emerged as an important space for people to safely discuss their stroke journeys.
The ‘Different Strokes for Different Folks’ group in Donegal has teamed up EnableUs in Dublin and the Cork and West Cork Stroke support groups to launch the virtual meetings. The next session is on 9th July at 7pm.
Stroke survivors can experience a long road to recovery and these meetings serve to remind people that they are not alone. Stroke survivors of all ages are welcome to join the virtual safe space to chat, ease feelings of isolation and enjoy a cuppa together.
Larry Masterson Different Strokes for Different Folks Coordinator, is strongly behind and supportive on the launch of this virtual support group.
He told Donegal Daily, “One of the main obstacles that individuals whose lives have been affected by stroke injury have encountered has been social isolation here in Donegal.
“More than ever we have been impacted by this and it is vital that we remain connected with one another.
“This new virtual support group will act as a catalyst in breaking down these social barriers,” he adds.
The virtual stroke support group will take place twice a month on Zoom and the next session is on 9th July at 7pm
The sessions are open to everyone affected by stroke in Ireland.
Motivational speakers will be joining the session to help uplift and inspire the group at this difficult time.
Larry added, “These sessions will create an opportunity where people have a safe place to talk about anything and everything related to stroke.
“They’ll be able to share ideas and experiences with others who have been affected by the devastating consequences of stroke.”
To find out more about the virtual stroke support group or to register your interest, contact Larry Masterson Stroke Survivor Co-Ordinator at Different Strokes for Different Folks 087 7642917, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael at Michael.Garrow@enable4us.com for further details.