My Week: Dawn Carr eats cakes and helps people to fish

The community development project leader at the Stroke Association recounts her week

Dawn Carr
Dawn Carr

Monday I start the week at a community fair organised by a Stroke Association voluntary group in Solihull, West Midlands.

It's great to see organisations such as Age UK, Headway and the local church congregation working together to raise awareness of strokes. There are lots of activities, such as blood pressure testing, flash mobbing, face-painting and a drama performance from the youth volunteers involved in the National Citizen Service programme. Oh, and the cakes are yummy too.

Tuesday I go to Reading in Berkshire to run the volunteer induction for 12 new volunteers who will help provide one-to-one support for people with communication difficulties. I'm amazed to see just how many speech and language therapy students volunteer. Two of them also offer to become ambassadors for the charity and raise awareness of the condition in their communities.

Wednesday I visit volunteers at a fishery in Denton, Greater Manchester, who have been trained to support wheelchair-using stroke survivors to fish. Fishing improves coordination, strengthens muscles, rebuilds confidence and is sociable. I wish we had funding for more projects like this.

Thursday I'm back in the office at the Life After Stroke Centre in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, but there's rarely a dull moment. We have lots of activities going on, including health and wellbeing sessions and exercise classes led by a stroke survivor.

Friday I make it to a stroke club consultation group meeting. Representatives of stroke clubs and groups from across the UK have come to discuss and promote ways in which the association and independent stroke clubs can work together. I present our plans for this year's Action on Stroke Month, and get a thumbs-up from the stroke club representatives. I can't wait until the action month starts in May.

The Stroke Association supports people affected by stroke and aims to reduce the number of people affected by it

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