Our programs

Exercise Group




Thurdays 10.45AM - 11.45AM

St Andrews Hall - 176 Cobden Street

Free for members - non members $3.00

Koha for morning tea

Two fitness instructors are contracted to deliver a comprehensive holistic exercise program each week.The instructors work on a bi-weekly basis to ensure continuity and reduce the risk of monotony.

The exercise class also provides a social element and is a great way to get people into their first social event.

Our exercise program has been instrumental in helping people in their progress toward social inclusion, most survivors want to regain some of their physical mobility but are reluctant to venture out to a social program but will attend the exercise class.

Through observation 80% of people who attend the exercise classes regularly improve their coordination, balance and cognitive function. We also provide for people with other disabilities, MS, mental health, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, eilepsy and the older person.

We offer two exercise class lunches, mid-year and Christmas, these are often themed to encourage participation and provide a goal to work toward, and a lot of fun. Families are encouraged to attend to include them in the activity and observe the progress their family member has made as well as providing a social opportunity. The lunches for 2016 had an attendance of 95 and 65 people attend, which consisted of client’s friends and family members, (due to the financial situation of some client’s), costs are kept to a minimum. We fund transport costs for those who are unable to drive to and from programs.

Volunteers assist with providing morning tea, setting up the hall and assisting clients where needed.

The weekly program gives clients an opportunity to talk with the Stroke Community Coordinator, who facilitates the program, about any issues they are having and is a perfect way for the coordinator to keep up to date with the wellbeing of clients.

Each weekly class averages 30 people attending.

Communication Group 





Fridays 10.00AM - 12.00AM

St Andrews Hall - 176 Cobden Street

Free for members

Tea and coffee provided

The focus of the communication group is to promote general conversation and does not include direct manipulation of linguistic skills.


Group communication targets on increased initiation of conversation and information exchange using whatever communicative means possible. We provide stroke survivors with tools to communicate socially, help regain control over decision making, and improve family and whānau relationships.


We aim to improve functional communication in simulated situations such as shopping, reading labels and starting conversations. In addition we focus on improving cognitive function by completing numeracy and literacy tasks challenging the brain with brain teasers, quizzes, games, puzzles and interactive conversation.

Participants stated they gained confidence in communicating with family and whānau, improved their speech and cognitive functions, enhanced thinking and planning skills, and were able to structure their daily living in a organised way.

Family and whānau are welcome to attend group meeting to learn communication techniques.  

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Gisborne Young Stroke Support Group 






To be advised - check Gisborne Young Stroke Support Group on Facebook                     

Members and friends pay for own food and drinks

The group helps younger stroke survivors stay in contact, share experiences and advice.

Join the Gisborne Young Stroke Support Group on Facebook.

The group was established five years ago when it was identified by younger stroke members, that this group of Stroke Survivors had different issues to deal with than people over the age of 65 years.

A program was developed to enable survivors an opportunity to meet socially.  By providing a supportive environment they were able to share their coping experiences surrounding relationships, financial strategies, navigating government agencies, medication effects and physical and cognitive impairment. Information and advice is shared to help with all these issues, coping strategies are discussed and clients learn from each other. Partners and family members attend the group activities which provides an opportunity for carers to share their experiences.

The group meets monthly at a variety of cafes and restaurants locally to share a meal and each other’s company.

Young stroke group members actively help with all fundraising and educational events, which helps to add purpose to their lives. The group is coordinated by a group member who had her stroke at 29 years of age, she lived for 20 years thinking herself a “victim” she now calls herself a “survivor” 

Stroke Community Coordinator

Our stroke community coordinator's role is to support stroke survivors, families and whānau. Hospital and home visits are made to assess their needs and help reach the best possible outcome for their rehabilitation journey.


Services include

  • Helping members, their families and volunteers understand stroke and how to reduce the risk of secondary stroke

  • Ensure stroke survivors and supporters receive information on appropriate services

  • Supporting stroke survivors to achieve their full potential

  • Assist members and their families to develop and achieve goals

  • Support at doctor visits and WINZ appointments

  • Assist with self advocacy

  • Helping stroke survivors regain confidence and work towards independence


Monthly Luncheon 

The Gisborne Stroke Support monthly lunches are held the first Tuesday of the month at the Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club. This is an opportunity for stroke survivors to venture out into the wider community and have a meal in a supported environment.


Some stroke survivors have difficulty with eating and are very self-conscious, most will not eat out in public. Members offer support to each other in this setting and over time become more confident in community settings and enjoy eating in public without prejudice.

For the elderly and people with disability it is a regular opportunity to increase social inclusion, reduce loneliness and integrate in a community setting with others. People of all ages and ethnicities, their friend’s, family and whānau are encouraged to attend this social activity.






First Tuesday of the Month - 12.00 AM onwards

Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club

Members and friends pay for own lunch

Bookings not required

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by Gisborne Stroke Support.


176 Cobden Street

Gisborne, 4010