Volunteers wanted

Chest, Heart and Stoke Scotland have urged Deeside residents to give up some of their spare time to lend an ear to local stroke victims.

The charity is looking for people to join the Banchory support group for the condition.

The plea is for volunteers simply to talk with victims to help them with any communication difficulties which their stroke may have caused.

Aberdeenshire has more than 6,000 people living with the effects of stroke, which can affect physical, cognitive and emotional functioning in the brain.

The charity’s local coordinator Susan Massie said: “Our Community Services support people who have had a stroke, helping them with communication difficulties and offering support and social activities. The service depends entirely on the help of local volunteers and we know that there are a lot of people in the community who have the skills we need.

“We’re looking for volunteers in Banchory to come in and chat over a cup of tea with group members and help them overcome their conversation difficulties so that they can participate fully in group activities. We also need volunteers to work on a one to one basis with people who have had a stroke, supporting them to achieve their individual goals. These goals can either be around the home or out in the community, for example a shopping trip, library visit, or attending a local event. Activities like these help to rebuild confidence after a stroke and make a big difference to people’s quality of life.”

For more information call Susan Massie on 01224 326969 or email susan.massie@chss.org.uk.