We simply couldn’t function without our volunteers. We have only 6 part-time paid staff but we have 10 volunteers who work in the office and well over 100 more around the country. They are an integral and very important part of the organisation.
- Practice and improve your skills in a supportive environment
- Make new friends
- Get motivated
- Enjoy better mental and physical health
- Enjoy new experiences and find new interests
- Be part of your community
- Feel useful and a sense of achievement
- Give something back to others
- Establish a routine
- Boost your self-confidence and self-esteem
- Feel less lonely and isolated
- Send a positive signal to potential employers and family and friends
- Take a step on the path towards paid work
We pay our volunteers’ expenses and provide training.
|“I volunteered because I got so much support from Different Strokes I wanted to give something back. And I’m still getting something from Different Strokes – I love my job.”
- Caroline, Head Office Volunteer.
|“Stroke changed my life massively. NHS care was great in hospital but I felt let down by after care in the community. Volunteering for Different Strokes gives me a chance to try to make sure that others have a better experience.”
- Andy, Head Office Volunteer.
We have around 45 exercise groups around the UK which are all organised by local volunteers with support from the Group Development Manager. Exercise groups are a really important part of our work, because they provide ongoing rehabilitation and improve fitness and also give an opportunity to meet other stroke survivors, share experiences and provide mutual support.
|“This has been a rewarding and life enhancing experience for me, boosting my self-confidence and enabling me to make so many friends!”
- Steve, London East Group Co-ordinator.
|“I really enjoy fundraising for Different Strokes. I meet people and I get to raise awareness about stroke in younger people and what having a stroke is like”
- Peter, local fundraiser.