THE Stroke Association is to launch a new project to improve wellbeing in North Devon

The charity has been awarded National Lottery funding to launch ‘Active Lives After Stroke’.

They have received £213,620 to support four projects across England, including one in North Devon.

The grant, awarded through Sport England, will support stroke survivors in becoming and staying more active after their stroke.

Sonya Webb, support coordinator for the Stroke Association in North Devon said: “A stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time and it turns lives upside down in an instant. For some people the effects of a stroke may be relatively minor and may not last long, while others may be left with more serious long-term problems.

“We all know being active is important. We also know it can be daunting getting active again after a stroke. This new project is here to help local stroke survivors get back into being active at their own pace with other stroke survivors.

“Being active can improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. It could help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, increase muscle strength and flexibility and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

“‘Active Lives After Stroke’ is a project funded by Sport England to support stroke survivors to become active and stay active through peer support groups. Sessions are designed with stroke survivors to get people moving in a fun and friendly environment. We work with local activity providers and make sure all abilities are included in the sessions.”

The Stroke Association is one of eight Richmond Group of Charities that Sport England is supporting with a total of £1.3 million of National Lottery funding to launch unique pilot projects to help prevent and manage long-term health conditions and enable people to be more active.

Sport England’s Executive Director, Mike Diaper, said: “Support groups like this one in North Devon play an important role in increasing and maintaining levels of physical activity amongst stroke survivors while at the same time helping them self-manage their condition.

“The learnings we will gain from the project will be extremely valuable and used to benefit even more people with long-term health conditions across the country.”

If you’re a stroke survivor or carer and want to find out more information about joining ‘Active Lives After Stroke’, you should contact Sonya Webb on or 07717275759. The project is also looking for volunteers, so if you can spare time to support ‘Active Lives After Stroke’ please get in touch.

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