WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED
CAN POSITIVELY IMPACT
THE 'RECOVERY' MISSION
This club has given many survivors a start to recovery and moved them on to 90% of previous abilities.
The club consists of a number of people of different skill levels and backgrounds with various stages of recovery from a stroke.
The club helps different stages of stroke and recovery.
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA),
THE 'FITNESS' MACHINE
The club Started in November 2012 by Len Worsfold with a meeting in a café and became a talking point for stroke survivors who felt on their own in society.
The people who came to the first meeting consisted of a variety of men and women with different variations of strokes, from mini strokes to severe conditions.
We talked about things in general, about how they coped with every day life and fitting back in to society and eventually covered the exercising patterns (or lack of it in most cases) and this seemed to be the focal point and up most priority for stroke survivors.
From this Len developed an exercise machine for members of our club to use which developed strength by using both hands and feet (upper and lower body), this however presented its own problems by sliding around the floor and this meant many of the members were put off the idea.
So a solution arose and by fixing the exercising machine to a wooden board with rubber feet stabilized it and gave people the confidence to try again.
Next, a pair of plimpsole shoes were donated to our club by a market stall holder which proved exceptionally useful and was received with great gratitude. These shoes were used to secure the users to the machine. These were used to ensure the users feet did not slip off the pedal whilst in use.
Jan Worsfold (Lens wife) made a pair of gloves which were secured to a set of boxes which slid on to the pedals. This was used for people in early stages of recovery and could be removed as they got better. The shows and gloves were used by people who had severe strokes and could not control their limbs or grip the pedals.
A dial on the machine varied the effort required to turn it and could be increased as the person's strength increased.
This project was developed further and eight units in total were given to stroke survivors for their own use with four being paid for by the user, three being returned after use and passed on to other survivors.
A further two of these units have recently been purchased and await use by new members.
The club went on to purchase two Able-X units which get the user to be forced to exercise their minds as well as their body. These were purchased with grants from the Co-op, The Masons and The Lions as well as a small amount from our club.