The Phoenix Stroke Club proudly accepted the Best Community Organisation Award as part of this year’s Community Awards organised by the County Times and Horsham District Council. One of our Thursday volunteers, nominated us for the award as she experienced first- hand the impact and benefits the Club brings to stroke survivors and their carers.
The evening lifted the spirits of the Club members and Nigel Haverson, the Chairman of the Trustees took to the stage to accept the award. He explained the benefits of the Club which is run by just two part time members of staff and supported by 26 volunteers.
Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the Club opens its doors to 52 stroke members where they can get involved in activities including physical exercises, word games, baking, arts and crafts, group discussions. The Club also provides an annual five day holiday and day trips.
On Thursday morning the Club runs a Communication Support Group for 14 members whose language and communication skills have been affected by stroke.
The Club enables respite for over 50 carers and runs a quarterly carers support group meeting.
One of our Thursday volunteers, nominated us for the above award as she has experienced first- hand the impact and benefits the Club brings to stroke survivors and their carers.
The nomination listed a few comments collected from several members ………..
‘I have made good friends and get so much help to really enjoy the activities here’
‘I like being with the people talking and communicating. I am very pleased to get out for the morning. It can be very boring staying in my home’
‘It is so friendly and we learn so much – the tea and cakes are great!’