Different Strokes

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.

Why volunteer?
  • 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.

Current vacancies

Head Office

The Head Office in Milton Keynes has a variety of opportunities in general administration. We also have vacancies for younger stroke survivors to answer calls to the StrokeLine. Training is provided and we pay your expenses. Any regular commitment from half a day a week upwards is welcome. If you’re interested phone us on 01908 317618 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Caroline, Volunteer “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.
Andy, 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.
Exercise groups

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.

Is there an exercise group near you? If not why not start one? You’ll be providing a great service to other younger stroke survivors in your area. Ring Lorraine Ayres, the Group Development Manager, on 01908 317618 or 0345 130 7172 or email her This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she’ll be pleased to tell you what’s involved.

Steve, Volunteer “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.
Local Fundraising

There are so many ways to raise funds, and some of them are great fun too! Why not organise a dress down day at work, or persuade a local business or school to have one? Or a cake sale – everyone loves cakes! Could you find homes for our collection tins (pubs, shops and offices are good places) and empty them every so often? Get in touch on 01908 317618 or 0345 130 7172 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll give you dozens more ideas (there’s bound to be something that appeals to you) and all the help you need.

Peter, Local fundraiser “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.

Different Strokes Central Services
9 Canon Harnett Court
Wolverton Mill
Milton Keynes MK12 5NF

Tel: 01908 317618 or 0345 130 7172
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