Hi I'm Valerie,


I had my stroke 20 years ago, a Left and a Right 6 months apart. It took me 3 to 5 years to walk properly. I had great help from the Gravesend Council, with 2 hours free swimming a week and half price gym. I am fine except for a bad memory.

Hello, I'm Roy.

My stroke was Easter, 2014.

I was something of a computer buff, before the stroke, but since,  I am not able to remember very much.

After hospital treatment, last year, I was discharged,  and I am now coping quite well,  but with far less abilities that I used to have.

Since the stroke my memory is shot and I cannot remember anything for very long. Apart from that, I cope  OK.

In 2014 I suffered a Brain Hemorrhage from an assault. By all accounts I'm lucky still to be a part of this world!

The Stroke & Brain Injury Survivors Computer Group are a group of very special people. I've gone from being curled up in bed wondering what life had left for me, to someone who now feels there is a life out there and I am still capable of learning. I really cannot imagine where I would be without the support, knowledge and understanding the group has given me. The thought that I can (even with short-term memory loss!) learn computer skills by tuition and repetition.

After a while of being with the group, my confidence has increased hugely and I have done lots of things I haven't done before! This has been due to talking with members of the group concerning any problems and maybe solutions from people who are at all different stages of learning, who do not judge, who understand my struggles, emotionally, physically and even mentally. I have without doubt joined a special group of people who have encouraged and taught me how to take my life back in hand and I AM capable of learning.

Hi my name is David,

I had my first stroke in 2001, and my second stroke in 2006. The first was shock enough, but the second even more so and the struggle back to as near to normal life as possible is a very, very long road to travel. I have recovered as much as I ever shall and daily life is still a constant battle.

I was so very delighted to join the Torbay Stroke Survivors Computer Group as a volunteer teacher. As I have had strokes myself, there is an immediate rapport between teacher and pupil, and there is no reticence on either side as to the learning curve required. We work at the most appropriate pace for the pupil and my satisfaction comes when the pupil grasps what might be considered by others as a tiny advance, but which to the stroke survivor pupil and myself, is a giant achievement.

Volunteer teachers have patience, understanding and empathy. It does not matter how many times we cover a particular topic, as it will be repeated until the pupil is happy. This is only possible as we provide a one to one environment, which means that there is no pressure on the pupil, or teacher for that matter, to perform to a class average, and, therefore, encourages the pupil to maximise their potential.

This volunteering has given me some structure to my life, which to many stroke survivors is essential, and the pleasure that the pupils show by way of their achievements is enough to warm anybody's heart.

Hi my name is Terry,


I suffered  a stroke in October 2015 it is my belief groups such as this one play a large part in the recovery process of any person who has the misfortune to have a stroke it gives me a chance to meet people who know exactly how things are thanks group for all your support.


Hi! I am Pat,

I had a stroke in 2016.  But I had brain cyst in 2015 and had an operation to remove it in Dereford. It was partially successful (they could not remove it all) and after 9 weeks in hospital I was sent home. I was recovering well but walking with a trolley. I was driving again and getting about as before. In the spring of 2016 I started behaving strangely. A stroke was diagnosed. Later that year I had an operation to remove excess fluid from my brain and a shunt fitted. This was probably related to the brain cyst in 2015. My current symptoms are being very tired, a big memory loss, lack of balance, and loss of taste buds.  I am waiting for the DVLA to renew my licence. My problem is impatience and frustration. I can’t do the things I took for granted. The Paignton Computer course is refreshing my memory. Again I am trying to remember everything I took for granted in computers.


Hi my name is Alana


In November 2016 it was thought I’d suffered a TIA, though subsequent tests in hospital proved inconclusive and there are no apparent after effects. I have a heart problem that increases the likelihood of having a stroke and a recent blackout/fall had me back in hospital for more tests. I heard of the Stroke Survivors Computer Group from Valerie and though very interested, was uncertain I qualified to join in the meetings. However, I was made most welcome by everyone and have been given a lot of help with brushing up my computer skills. Thank you all.