Pilot course aims to help people who have suffered a stroke

A PILOT programme to help people affected by stroke is being launched in Uttlesford.

The free 12-week Stroke Activity Programme is being organised by Uttlesford District Council and is designed to help anyone who has had a stoke become more mobile through a structured programme of exercise.

Paul Goddard, the district council’s health promotion officer, said: “The course is designed for people who have had a stroke six months ago or more, who are inactive but independently mobile either with or without a walking aid, and want to improve their quality of life.

“People taking part will work with qualified exercise professionals and improve their strength, balance and coordination. If you, or a family member or friend, could benefit from this free 12-week course then please get in touch.”

The course will take place at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre in Saffron Walden and starts next month. The results of the pilot programme will be presented to NHS and Stroke Association representatives and if it is successful, the format could be rolled out by the district council to other places in the district.

To sign up or find out more information, contact Mr Goddard on 01799 510510 or 07794 867344 or e-mail pgoddard@uttlsford.gov.uk

Alternatively, e-mail Kelly Rowland, a Level Four exercise professional who will be involved in the pilot programme, at kepooley@hotmail.com