This is Philip, a member of a NICHS Young Stroke Group. Philip was only 19 when he had a stroke but has now been able to return to work.
Today in Northern Ireland, over 335,000 people are living with a chest, heart and stroke condition, people like Philip. Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke is your local charity, leading the fight against chest, heart and stroke illnesses. Our aim is to support those living with these life changing conditions and prevent others from becoming ill.
We offer practical and emotional support to individuals and families at what can be a difficult time in their lives. Our support services aim to enhance quality of life and increase independence and confidence. We provide an opportunity for people to meet together and share experiences while benefitting from a structured programme of activities including rehabilitation, exercise and information. We run health promotion programmes in schools, homeless hostels, in workplaces and within the community. We fund research relating to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. We campaign for people and families who are affected by these conditions.
We are a local charity and have been working for the people of Northern Ireland for over 70 years. Over 80% of our work is funded by public donations from local people and all the money we raise is spent in Northern Ireland.
Read our booklet on how we Make A Difference.
Our Mission is to prevent chest, heart and stroke illnesses in Northern Ireland and care for those already affected by them.
Our Vision is a Northern Ireland Free from chest, heart and stroke illnesses.
The following values will underpin every aspect of our culture and activities:
Caring – We put the needs and rights of all the people of Northern Ireland at the heart of everything we do and show respect and concern for others.
Excellence – We ensure that our work is consistently carried out to the highest standard and continuously improved.
Integrity – We will operate to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, transparency and accountability.
Inclusion – We will treat others fairly, promote equality and work to narrow health inequalities.
To achieve this, our work is focused in these areas:
Our Support Groups and programmes provide a listening ear, emotional support and practical advice or signposting to people and their families and carers affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions. The groups enable people to meet with others in a similar situation, while benefiting from various activities based around continuing rehabilitation, prevention of a reoccurrence and reducing isolation.
We offer a comprehensive healthy schools programme that aims to influence young people’s lifestyle behaviours at an early age, with the hope of a knock on effect on their family and wider community.
We help homeless people, who are particularly vulnerable to these illnesses through our Health and Homeless projects, which focus on diet choices and healthier lifestyles.
Our health promotion services include health information, talks and nurse health checks in the workplace and in the community which enable people to make informed choices and adopt healthier lifestyles in order to reduce their risk of developing chest, heart and stroke illnesses.
We are committed to funding research into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of chest, heart and stroke illnesses in Northern Ireland’s hospitals and universities which will benefit the people of Northern Ireland.
We campaign at Assembly level on behalf of people and families impacted by chest, heart and stroke illnesses.
Click here to find out how many people we worked with in 2014-15.
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