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Blackburn care assistants recognised as Stroke Champions after completing training

Blackburn care assistants recognised as Stroke Champions after completing training

Stroke Champions

A group of care assistants will be honoured as Stroke Champions by the Stroke Association and the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Council, in a celebratory presentation on Wednesday 18 March.

The charity’s Stroke Champion initiative works with care assistants from residential homes around Blackburn who are given regular training with stroke professionals, in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Community Stroke Team. Each session focuses on different topics including language and communication, swallowing, and the psychological impact of stroke.

Certificates will be presented to the care assistants by the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Council, Councillor Alan Cottam. He will be joined by Stroke Association ambassador John Gott, who has volunteered for the Stroke Association for over 10 years. Stroke survivors, carers and volunteers will also be in attendance.

Debby McCormack, Information Advice and Support Coordinator for the Stroke Association in Blackburn, said: “Stroke has a massive and sudden impact; it affects people physically and emotionally. Families and carers are often shocked and can feel isolated as they struggle to deal with the impact of stroke on their loved-ones. Today is about recognising the difference that care assistants make in supporting stroke survivors to make the best possible recovery they can.”

The Stroke Association provides anInformation, Advice and Support Service and Communication Support in Blackburn with Darwen, in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group. For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.