Stroke Association Voluntary Groups (SAVGs) are volunteer-led, peer support groups based in local communities across the UK. Through the support they offer, SAVGs aim to improve outcomes for stroke survivors and the people who care for them. The Nuffield Trust was commissioned by the Stroke Association to independently evaluate the impact of the groups.
Our evaluation, which took place over 18 months, drew on the experiences and views of more than 200 stroke survivors and 100 carers from 30 local groups, as well as 20 Stroke Association staff and volunteers. The study included a questionnaire of stroke survivors and carers which captured self-reported measures of health and wellbeing; as well as interviews and focus groups with stroke survivors, carers, staff and volunteers.
The key findings were as follows:
For this evaluation we created an accessible summary alongside the full report, for stroke survivors and group members experiencing communication problems.
We also used the findings to make a short video to be shared with groups and shown at the UK Stroke Club Conference on Friday 30th September – Saturday 1st October 2016.