Welcome to the Chichester Stroke Club
A physiotherapist at St Richards Hospital first recognised the need for a stroke club in Chichester back in 1982 and under the support of the Chichester branch of the British Red Cross, the Chichester Stroke Club was formed. It was a Wednesday evening social club for the disabled and their carers and offered brief respite. Out of the success of the evening club an additional session started on Thursday mornings and continued as a Red Cross club until the Chichester Stroke Club became an independent registered charity in 2001.
The Club now meets every Thursday in the Newell Centre, Tozer Way, Chichester between 10 am and noon. The Club is run entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers, two of whom have been with the Club since its formation in 1982. We use Contact 88, a local charity offering community transport to collect members who otherwise would be unable to come to the Club and are very grateful to the volunteer drivers and escorts offering this service. Regular committee meetings are held throughout the year to ensure the smooth running of the Club. An AGM is held every February and members are encouraged to be voted on to the committee to have the opportunity of taking an active part in the running of the Club.
The Club is a unique facility providing continued aftercare and encouragement to stroke survivors when they leave hospital through mental and physical stimulation and support and respite for carers and partners, enabling them to meet likeminded people in a relaxed environment. The club also raises awareness of stroke to the local community through fundraising, website, speakers and outings.