GMFRS teams up with The Stroke Association
Date published: 13 March 2012
We often take communication for granted – it’s just something that we do, something that comes naturally to us.
But for some people it’s not that easy. Stroke survivors are often left with the inability to communicate as effectively as they would like, which can be frustrating for themselves and the people around them.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has teamed up with The Stroke Association to ensure that the service’s staff understand how to communicate with stroke survivors when out doing their vital work in the community.
It is hoped that the partnership will create long-term links with stroke survivors in Greater Manchester and ensure as many people as possible have an up-to-date Home Safety Check.
The two organisations met recently at the GMFRS Training and Development Centre in Manchester for a joint training day.
Community Safety Education Trainer Pam Wild taught The Stroke Association staff about home fire safety and shared her expertise with them.
The Stroke Association also talked to the GMFRS Community Safety Education Trainers (CSETs) and Community Safety Advisers (CSAs) about stroke, what signs to look out for and how to communicate with those who have had a stroke when out in the community.
GMFRS staff took away a stroke information pack which includes useful tools and advice.
The Community Safety Education Team has also adapted its home safety presentations with the help of The Stroke Association so that the information is more accessible for stroke survivors and other people with communication difficulties.
Team leader Charlie Lowe said: “This innovative example of partnership working has been a huge success by providing GMFRS community safety staff with the knowledge and practical advice needed to enable us to effectively engage with vulnerable groups across Greater Manchester. The training was interactive and extremely informative which I’m sure will have a truly positive impact on how we engage with the communities we serve.”
Liz Roberts from The Stroke Association said: “Stroke has a massive and sudden impact, affecting people physically and emotionally. Many survivors grieve for the life they had and struggle to come to terms with stroke. By working in partnership with the GMFRS, we can further support people to make the best recovery they can. We hope to develop this successful partnership in the future.”
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