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About Different Strokes

There are 100,000 strokes in the UK each year with 1 in 4 happening to somebody of working age or younger. Different Strokes aims to promote independent stroke recovery and help these younger stroke survivors reclaim their lives.

Different Strokes is run by younger stroke survivors for younger stroke survivors. We have personal experience of the realities of life after stroke.

We recognise that the Different Strokes community of younger stroke survivors and family members are the experts in stroke recovery and rehabilitation with first-hand knowledge of the issues and challenges facing families after stroke.

Our Vision

Different Strokes helps younger stroke survivors and their families to achieve an active recovery throughout their lives.

Our Mission

We champion peer support for younger stroke survivors as a means to active recovery.

Our Values

We listen, we collaborate, we have integrity and we are agile.

We provide an important voice for younger stroke survivors to Government, service providers and funders, fighting for better standards and improved understanding. The World Health Organisation commended the Different Strokes’ approach using our provision as a model for similar provision throughout Europe.

How we started

Different Strokes was set up in 1996 in direct response to a need from younger stroke survivors to be able to reclaim their lives, challenging previously existing views of stroke recovery and changing the term for stroke sufferers from ‘victim’ to ‘survivor’.