Community Help

Community Support and Help


There are many ways to get help, support and advice around the country.

Living with stroke

A stroke can be a sudden, life-changing event for the person it happens to and those around them. Whilst the consequences can be devastating, people do recover and learn to live with the loss of some functioning where this has occurred.

Your best chance of recovering from a stroke is getting medical help early, being patient as functions return, accessing a good rehabilitation programme and keeping motivated, even if progress seems slow.

Our Stroke Information section has more about strokes, and we also have many printed resources available to help you live with stroke, such as our leaflet for family, whanau and friends, and our handbook Life After Stroke.

Our Services in the community list below will provide you with many sources of help and information useful for many aspects of living after a stroke.

We encourage those affected by stroke to contact our regional staff and ask to talk with a Community Stroke Advisor. This is a free and confidential service.

You can also read some of the personal stories of stroke survivors here.

Practical tips videos

A series of videos giving practical information and tips about performing daily activities such as dressing, putting on make-up or coping with a baby can be watched online here.

Advice, Support and Services 

The links below provide a directory of sources of help, advice and services in the community, 
with internet links for contact details, further information and services available online.

If you would like to add a service to the list, or want to inform us of broken links
please contact Lauren Ellis; Please note that in general 
we can't list individual therapy practices or individual commercial facilities such as gyms, but
we can list directories or professional associations which publicise such services.

Advance Care Planning

Aphasia NZ

Aspire Canterbury

Carer information and support

Community services and resources

Help with communicating and speaking

Education support services for students

Managing your health

Māori networks

Other languages health information 

Pacific networks

Recreational activities

Rehabilitation programmes and support

Resources for children

Return to work support

Staying fit and healthy

Staying safe at home and in your neighbourhood

Stroke Clubs

Transport assistance and driving - Getting about in the community

A complementary directory produced for Hamilton Stroke Club contains some additional services and resources, in both the Waikato region and nationwide.


Please help us today

Stroke devastates lives. 
Help us rebuild the lives of New Zealanders who experience the impact of stroke. Together, we can give them hope.