ABOUT JIGSAW – Bolton Stroke Group
It can often be quite daunting for stroke survivors going into a new and unfamiliar environment, so we thought we would just give you a little background to the group, to let you know what we are here for and what you can expect.
JIGSAW aims to help stroke survivors regain their confidence with a view to getting back to as near
normal as possible and hopefully becoming more independent.
JIGSAW does this by having a welcoming, friendly environment, being very positive, moving forwards and having fun & laughter along the way.
The emphasis is to get support & information from other stroke survivors and their carers plus the opportunity to form new friendships.
We send out a Newsletter (after each meeting) so you can see what we get up to with the events, entertainment, trips and meals out etc., which acts as a memory jogger.
You will be welcomed by members with smiles on their faces and then given tea/coffee and biscuits. We occasionally have buffets or pastie & peas at the meetings themselves. You can of course bring your own lunch as you wish.
We have Speakers giving talks on a variety of interesting subjects and we go on several outings each year.
Typical places we have been over the past few years;
Chatsworth House, Dunham Massey, Llandudno, Southport, Canal Barge trips, Leeds Armouries, Harewood House, Gauntlett Birds of Prey Centre etc. We also have meals out at various restaurants.
For all our trips we use disabled access coaches/minibuses and check each venue is wheelchair friendly.
Although we don’t offer specific therapy for stroke survivors, we do have quizzes (written, visual, oral), which help with memory and recall and these are done in small groups.
At the ‘Drop In’ meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month meeting, we have the ‘non compulsory’ chair-based exercise sessions which members can do on the day if they wish and can continue with the exercises daily at home, improving physical wellbeing.
There is lots of ‘Stroke’ information available for you to browse through and in addition there is a book library together with a small selection of audio books for members to use.
Christ Church has a level car park area and level paved access to the Church Hall and a fully disabled access toilet. The room is a hexagon shape and we currently have 50-60 members who regularly attend the meetings.
So if you have not been to see us, give us a call and come along to see what we are all about.