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The Bridges Programme


Laura Fergusson Trust Canterbury

Bridges Stroke Programme for Stroke survivors

What is the Bridges Stroke Programme?

This Bridges stroke programme is focused on increasing your confidence to manage the effects of your stroke. It has been specifically designed so that it can be used alongside other physiotherapy or other group-based programmes. It is centered on the strength of your belief in in your own ability to complete tasks and reach goals. It also incorporates many of the self-management strategies used in the chronic disease self-management programme at Stanford University.

What would I gain from attending the Bridges Stroke Programme?

These are some reflections from a previous participant using the stroke workbook:

‘The self-management workbook really helped me, there were lots of people in the workbook and they gave me hope, it was the first time since my stroke I had hope’

‘I read the book to begin with, and then I had another small stroke, I started looking at the workbook properly after that, I didn’t realise how fed up I was, looking in it regularly made me realise I can make some small steps to make progress in my life, and that those small steps could add up to giant steps’

Where is the Bridges Stroke Programme delivered?

The Bridges programme is delivered in community settings, e.g. a local café or meeting room in your area. The groups are run once weekly over an 8 weeks period and are delivered by a health professional.

Each week, you would attend the1 hour group session where you will be supported through the use of the Bridges workbook to create opportunities to return to your previous activities or develop new activities both at home and within your community.

You can attend the Bridges Programme alongside any other rehabilitation you are participating in.

How much does it cost?

The programme is fully funded by Laura Fergusson Trust and is free to attend.

Can I refer myself or can my family/whanau refer me to the programme?

Yes you or your family/whanau can self refer to the programme. Please just contact Sue Newman (at the number below) to discuss.

Where can I find more information about it?

For further information please contact Sue Newman, Bridges Programme facilitator

Ph 0274420656, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .nz