Stroke Prevention
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Our objectives encompass a range of critical services and initiatives aimed at supporting individuals affected by stroke. We are committed to offering an information and support service tailored to their needs, alongside initiatives promoting health, independence, and overall well-being. Through community-based rehabilitation programs, we empower stroke survivors on their path to recovery.

In our pursuit of stroke prevention, we prioritize increasing public awareness about stroke, its causes, and prevention methods, while also providing accessible, free preventative testing. We advocate for and promote healthy lifestyles as a fundamental aspect of stroke prevention. Additionally, our focus extends to training and skills development, offering comprehensive programs for volunteers, caregivers, community workers, and even stroke survivors themselves to provide effective support within their communities. We also prioritize training for health professionals, alongside providing skills development opportunities for staff and assistants involved in stroke care. Furthermore, we actively advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and collaborate with health services and organizations to enhance medical and rehabilitation services for stroke survivors.

Finally, we contribute to stroke research efforts, supporting endeavors from various institutions that can yield benefits for our beneficiaries within the HSSG community.

How we support you

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Stroke prevention outreach program

The HSSG believes that knowledge is power and if our beneficiaries and their communities are educated on their risk factors, we can reduce the number of people affected by a stroke thus reducing the burden of disease on the government and healthcare system.

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Stroke education and Training

The aim of this program is to improve the quality of care for those affected by a stroke. A stroke is a life altering event that could happen to a person, and this has a further impact on the friends, family, and wider community.

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Community rehabilitation groups

For stroke survivors living in impoverished areas, the challenges can be even tougher. The HSSGs response to this need is our third, and most valuable program, our community rehabilitation group. These groups take place in Strand; Somerset West (and surrounding areas); Lwandle/Nomzamo/Zola; Grabouw; and Macassar.

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Community engagement and advocacy

HSSG realizes that it is important to not only engage with those affected by a stroke but also that wider community of the Helderberg and surrounding areas. We offer short term equipment rentals to the wider community.

Beneficiary and staff empowerment

A need that has been identified within our communities is the empowerment of our chairpersons and beneficiaries. As many of our beneficiaries come from impoverished areas, they have forgotten that they have a voice, and this has caused them to become disenfranchised and despondent. The aim of this program is to upskill and empower our beneficiaries to use their voices to make a change.

This takes place in two ways, firstly we work closely with our chairpersons of each group to teach them leadership, group facilitation and basic management skills. Secondly, we have established workgroups within each group, this group is facilitated by the Organisational Manager and chairperson. There workgroups were created to create a positive and productive platform for our beneficiaries to voice their concerns and problem solve possible solutions.

Using guest speakers, we would like to educate and empower our beneficiaries to take ownership and leadership roles within their various communities. Through the creation of the workgroups and chairperson empowerment, we are guiding the groups to take responsibility for their own group in the hopes that in future HSSG can take a supportive role within the group.

The requirements for this project are financial support to offer more training on fundraising as well as first aid training for our chairpersons and assistants. Salary costs for the organisational manager as she is responsible for the implementation of this project.