ABOUT US

HISTORY

A stroke can occur suddenly and can have a devastating effect on a person’s life and that of their family. Physical, cognitive, perceptual, speech and other impairments after stroke, can impact negatively on activities of daily living, work and participation in other activities which are meaningful to people. This can lead to depression.    

In 1993 an occupational therapist and speech therapist in Somerset West realised the importance of introducing some of their stroke patients to each other, in order that they could support and encourage one another. On the 3rd of September 1993 these two therapists got some of their patients together for tea at one of the therapist’s homes. This happening formed the start of the Helderberg Stroke Support Group (HSSG).  Now 25 years later, HSSG has established six community rehabilitation groups within the Helderberg Basin and one in Grabouw. These groups meet weekly and as indicated by the survey result below, provide an amazing network of support for stroke survivors and their families.

In November 2017, group members from our various community groups were asked to rate the impact that attendance of HSSG groups has made on their lives either physically; mentally; emotionally or in terms of general improvement after their stroke:

  •  0%: Made no difference

  •  1%: Slightly helpful

  •  1%: Moderately helpful

  • 8%: Helpful

  • 90%: Very helpful

 

MISSION
  • Empowering stroke survivors and their families.

  • Working in conjunction with Government Health Services and relevant NGOs to improve medical and rehabilitation services for stroke survivors.

  • Increasing public awareness of stroke, its causes and prevention and providing free blood pressure testing at venues within the various communities of the Helderberg Basin. (It is recognised that hypertension is considered the main risk factor for stroke.)

  • Providing training that will equip volunteers, caregivers, community based workers and stroke survivors themselves to assist stroke survivors in their communities.

AIMS

The main aims of the Helderberg Stroke Support Group are:

  • To connect stroke survivors with one another for mutual support and encouragement.

  • To empower stroke survivors and their families / carers through providing assistance, support and information.

  • To assist with rehabilitative therapy.

  • To increase public awareness of stroke, its causes and prevention.

  • To educate and train volunteers, caregivers, community based workers and stroke survivors thereby equipping them to assist other stroke survivors in their community.

PROJECTS

The main focus of the Helderberg Stroke Support Group is on:

COMMITTEE

The committee of the Helderberg Stroke Support Group is made up of 11 members, drawn from among the following groups of people:

  1. Medical and allied health professionals. (Doctors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists etc.)

  2. Individuals who do voluntary work and support the Association's objectives.

  3. People who have had a stroke.

  4. Relatives of people who have had a stroke.

The office is administered by a part-time administrator, and also serves as a base for the Community Rehabilitation Co-ordinator (CRC), who coordinates all the rehabilitation programs of the community groups, as well as the training of volunteers and home based carers.​

CONTACT

The Helderberg Stroke Support Group (HSSG) has been assisting stroke survivors and their families in the Helderberg Basin for twenty five years. The organization is registered as a Non Profit Organization and has been approved as a public benefit organization.

NPO 016-622 | PBO 930015113

hssgloma@telkomsa.net

+2721 852 8233 |  +2779 612 8903

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