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Physical Activity Routines After Stroke (PARAS)

This is an opportunity to contribute towards the development of tools designed to support people who have suffered a stroke to be more active.

  • Wednesday 21st February 2018 10:00 (2 hours)
  • Workshop
  • Influence

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the UK. Physical activity levels are low after a stroke, but research shows that being active after a stroke can improve health and wellbeing. 

A stroke leads to problems with function, mood and thinking, stopping people becoming active again. Helping people who have suffered a stroke to be more active requires specific support which is not there now. Stroke services in the UK tend to focus on function and short term care rather than helping start and continue to have an active life. Health professionals need more skills to help them support people with a stroke to be active.


The aim of this research programme is to provide health professionals with skills and tools to support people to start and continue to be more active after they have had a stroke.

The first part of this project involves using the best available evidence and feedback from stroke survivors, carers and healthcare professionals to put together a programme which will hopefully help to support people with stroke to be more active.

The second part of the project will involve training health care professionals to deliver the programme and test it out in stroke services in the North East.

At the end of the project the researchers will have developed a programme to support people with stroke to be more active and training on how to deliver this programme for health care professionals.

Volunteer Criteria

To take part you must have had a stroke and living in your own home or are/have been an informal carer for someone who has had a stroke.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to attend a 1-2 hour workshop. You will be shown some of the tools that have been developed to support people with stroke to be more physically active. You will then be asked to provide some feedback on these tools so they are ready for testing in a later study.

When & where?

The workshop will be on Wednesday 21st February, 10-12pm at the fire station in Byker.

There is free parking and disabled access.

Will I get anything for taking part?

You will receive a £10 voucher for taking part. Taxis can also be provided for transport if necessary. 


  • Byker Fire Station
  • Union Road
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE6 1EH


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