|left to right, Parvinder Singh (Contracts Manager at Shaylor Group),Lynda Jones (Stroke patient), Lyn Dunkley (head of facilities at The Stroke Association), and Gary Owen (site manager, Shaylor Group).|
This facility is the first of its kind in the UK and Shaylor Special Projects – which specialises in short-term new build and refurbishment construction-based contracts – has refurbished the building to ensure it is fully accessible for people with disabilities.
“The Centre will make a huge and positive impact on the journey of recovery and beyond for stroke survivors, providing a space where they can relearn old skills and develop new ones. We’ll bring together professionals, volunteers, care workers, stroke survivors and their families to share best practice, experience and knowledge,” says Lyn Dunkley, head of facilities at The Stroke Association.
Almost 10,000 stroke survivors are expected to benefit from the Life After Stroke Centre. In the first year of operation the charity hopes to train an additional 600 professionals and an extra 450 volunteers to work directly with stroke survivors.
The £2.2million Stroke facility provides a Resource Centre with reference and educational materials plus open access PCs, training and therapy rooms and an IT training suite. Gallery space to display stroke survivors’ art projects is located on the mezzanine floor overlooking the main reception area and there is on-site parking for more than 30 cars.
In addition to delivering key services for stroke survivors across the Midlands, the Life After Stroke Centre provides training facilities so that professionals, volunteers and care workers throughout the UK can join with stroke survivors and their families to share the latest thinking, experience and best practice.
The Stroke Association has provided community-based support services for people affected by stroke for 20 years and this new regional hub will house the charity’s regional fundraising arm, the Stroke Information Service (incorporating the national Stroke Helpline) and the UK Stroke Forum.
More information about the Life After Stroke Centre can be found at www.stroke.org.uk/newcentre.