About InterAct Stroke Support

Stroke is now the 2nd biggest killer in England and Wales and the main cause of serious disability in the U.K. A stroke can affect anyone of any age from any background. Rehabilitation is a long and exhausting process.

It is during hospital recuperation that InterAct makes the difference. Early interventions with stroke survivors are a tremendous boost to the recovery process.

There is now a growing body of evidence that stimulation through reading and conversational interaction can help the brain find new neural pathways, a phenomenon known as "adaptive rewiring."  Depression is also a big factor for many stroke survivors; our work has been shown to improve mood and thus motivation.

In Addition we aim to alleviate boredom, and to help people gain confidence, "reconnecting"  by practising their new found communcation skills in a non-judgemental environment.

'The Interact service at St Thomas' over the last 15 years has had a huge impact on many of my patients. I have seen people who have been severely disabled by their strokes, who have often spent many weeks in hospital, confined to a bed or chair, often with problems communicating looking more cheerful and starting to become much more engaged with their treatment after visits form the Interact actors. The skill they have in communication, their obvious humanity and sensitivity in dealing with the patients is really remarkable. I hope that in due course the benefits of the Interact service become recognised as being an essential component of a stroke service'

Professor Anthony Rudd, National Clinical Director for Stroke, NHS England