InterAct Stroke Support

Supporting Stroke patients in Wales

InterAct are an award winning charity that take professional actors into hospitals and read to stroke survivors. We do this to uplift mood and stimulate memory and language recall. We are looking to deliver our award winning service in Wales for the first time.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1080046)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£2,000

Amount raised

£810

Donations

5

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    Helping

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  • The InterAct service at St Thomas' has had a huge impact on many of my patients. I have seen people who have been severely disabled by their strokes, who have often spent many weeks in hospital, communicating looking more cheerful and starting to become much more engaged with their treatment.

    — Professor Anthony Rudd: Lead UK Stroke Clinician

  • InterAct fits with a stepped care model of psychological care at Level One, interventions delivered to patients with mild psychological distress by non-psychology staff. InterAct is part of the range of interventions that can reduce psychological distress and promote good rehabilitation outcomes.

    — Dr Claire Doyle, Clinical Psychologist, Kings Hospital.

  • Your readers inspired me to cheer up and persevere on recovery. Although still mildly aphasic, I can now read again, thanks to their caring inspiration during my long stay in the ward.

    — Sally Willis, Stroke survivor.

  • The InterAct service at St Thomas' has had a huge impact on many of my patients. I have seen people who have been severely disabled by their strokes, who have often spent many weeks in hospital, communicating looking more cheerful and starting to become much more engaged with their treatment.

    — Professor Anthony Rudd: Lead UK Stroke Clinician

  • Your readers inspired me to cheer up and persevere on recovery. Although still mildly aphasic, I can now read again, thanks to their caring inspiration during my long stay in the ward.

    — Sally Willis, Stroke survivor.

  • InterAct fits with a stepped care model of psychological care at Level One, interventions delivered to patients with mild psychological distress by non-psychology staff. InterAct is part of the range of interventions that can reduce psychological distress and promote good rehabilitation outcomes.

    — Dr Claire Doyle, Clinical Psychologist, Kings Hospital.

Situation

Stroke is the 3rd biggest in the UK and the 2nd biggest killer in the world. Nearly 2% of the entire Welsh population are stroke survivors, ie about 70,000 people and Wales has the largest incident of high blood pressure at 15.6% in the UK. Wales also has the highest incidence of diabetes in the UK which doubles someone's risk of stroke. Many stroke survivors suffer depression and face difficulties finding their memory and language recall.

Solution

We aim to stimulate memory, language and improve the mood of stroke survivors on the ward so they engage with other hospital interventions such as occupational and speech therapy. Our actors spend 2 hours on the hospital reading material of interest to the patient. We aim to deliver three 2 hours sessions per week at a hospital. Currently, our award winning service is not in Wales and we wish to deliver it at the Stroke Rehab Centre in Cardiff.