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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.

What we do:

Talk to someone We provide an information line for those affected by stroke. You can call us on 0345 130 7172 to talk about life after stroke, share experiences, and to ask for practical information

Find a support group We have over 40 support & exercise groups around the UK where you can learn more about life after stroke, share experiences and receive emotional support from other people who understand your situation.

Join our Facebook group

We have a Facebook support group where you can connect with other stroke survivors to share experiences, receive emotional support and feel less isolated. The group is open to stroke survivors and family members in the UK.

Family Support

All of our services are available to stroke survivors and family members. We have resources to help you to understand life after stroke, including a special information pack for children to help them to understand what has happened to mum or dad.

Survivors’ Stories

Reading about different coping strategies that other younger stroke survivors have used, knowing that you’re not alone, and knowing that other people are also rebuilding their lives after stroke can be encouraging, and help to break down feelings of isolation.


We know that reading other people’s experiences and journeys to recovery can be encouraging and motivating. You may be able to identify with emotions, feelings and issues raised. If you would like to share your blog, please email us.

Please go to our website for further information. 

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Different Strokes