About Us

The Group is for Stroke Survivors in the area of Cheshire East and surrounding area to meet together in a fun, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.


  • Have more contact to rid the Social Isolation amongst Stroke Survivors, who are vulnerable.
  • Provide a safe and relaxing environment, peer support and practical tools to help rebuild confidence and develop new ways of communicating.
  • Make new friends.
  • Provide Emotional support and assist with their wellbeing.
  • We are different to other groups as we are in a quiet location and our Survivors can hear and concentrate on the activities without interruption. Our activities are following guidelines that are found to be of benefit to encourage Stroke Survivors with their difficulties.
  • Stroke Survivors to feel that they matter and are valued as members of our community.
  • The Group is inclusive and we are person centred and treat everyone as an individual.
  • Trips/Events/Guests as this is essential in the Survivors wellbeing and social contact.


We help them to regain their confidence in their communication whilst being supported with their difficulties after Stroke.
These difficulties are a mixture of aphasia, apraxia, communication, vocabulary and language.
We provide weekly activities and we follow suggestions of useful activities given to us from professionals to help with communication and it’s also an opportunity to chat with other Survivors and our friendly volunteers with a drink and biscuit.
We look at each of their individuals needs and encourage them with their wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem.
The majority of our Volunteers understand what it’s like to have lived through a Stroke.
The volunteers have previously been DSB checked and we encourage relevant training to extend their knowledge of Speech and Language difficulties and Stroke.


We are a constituted, voluntary Group which was formed in May 2018 due to the Founder and Lead Volunteer, Liz Bedson’s father surviving a Stroke. His Stroke mainly affects his speech, language and communication skills.

At the time of his rehabilitation ending, there wasn’t any support groups for Speech and Language so that is why this Group was formed. 

Why are we different

We are NOT just a social Group.  We support individuals, 18+ who have survived a Stroke with fun activities to help develop and support them with their speech, language and communication difficulties and help them to feel safe and secure with their peers.  

We are very inclusive, have a person-centred approach and many friendships have been formed. We support the individuals to gain their confidence, reduce isolation and everyone is treated as an individual and are included in our activities in the way that they can progress.

We have dedicated Volunteers that are all DBS checked and can work with an individual if required.

How we are Funded

We do not receive any central funding from the Government, or other charitable causes so rely on Fundraising and kind donations. Any funding we receive does go straight into our activities or trips that we benefit our Survivors.

Testimonials & Reviews

2nd July 2022 Snowdon Charity Walk

Bev and Chris
Thanks: Massive, massive thanks to Liz Bedson. You are a woman and a half! Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and the challenge. Liz has sadly had her own personal challenges in the past few weeks but there she has been supporting everyone. YOU ARE AMAZING! Friends for life. All of us on the Snowdon Challenge in aid of Stroke Survivors Crewe and Alsager (and hopefully Middlewich soon!) Xxxxx

21st June 2022

Chris-GoFundme Page for Snowdon Challenge
We discovered the Crewe and Alsager Stroke Survivors group by accident. It was created by Liz Bedson after her own Father suffered a stroke. Liz personally understands the experience and has established the group to allow every participant to enjoy and challenge themselves whilst being amongst people in the same situation. The value of this group and their support is immeasurable and for Chris it gave him a target and a purpose: to walk with them on the Snowdon Challenge. Chris made a decision to secure much needed funds that will contribute towards the running of the group and support them in their valuable work. He is doing this for other people and their families knowing how difficult it is when a stroke occurs. And he is doing it for himself to prove that he can.

14th June 2022 Wheely Boat Trip, Audlem

We had a fabulous and most relaxing day, a lovely lunch from broo cafe in Crewe and great company and a lovely trip down Stream to Audlem thanks to all and especially the Round Table for making it all possible highly enjoyable and memorable

2nd June 2022 Queens Platinum Jubilee Party, Alsager

We had the best time, thank you for all your hard work xxx

5th May 2022 NEW Alsager Group Grand Opening

Healthwatch Cheshire East
A privilege to have been invited to the new Stroke Survivors Group opening in #Alsager today.
The group provides peer support, information, trips out and social events for Stroke Survivors and their loved ones.
A good opportunity to signpost to services and listen to feedback.

Our Supporters

Cheshire Connect
Provides Skill Donors

Logo and Literature

Crewe Town Council
Funding Crewe Group, 2018

Cheshire East Council
Funding and setting up Alsager Group and Queens Jubilee Party

Alsager Town Council
Funding Alsager Group Queens Jubilee Party

Alsager Partnership
Funding and Support Alsager Group

Round Table, Nantwich
Funding Crewe Group for year with Room Hire and Activites

Barchester Healthcare
Funding Alsager Christmas Meal and Party

Rhino Safety
Policies, Health & Safety and Covid 19 assessments

Julie Barton Beauty
Hand Massages at Group sessions

Funding Alsager Group

Funding Alsager Group