The Stroke Association in Bath and North East Somerset has teamed up with England Golf to provide golf courses for stroke survivors in the area.
The Get into golf five week course begins on Tuesday 19 September at Farrington Park Golf Club. At the weekly sessions, eight stroke survivors and support volunteers will have access to an hour’s coaching session on the driving range and putting green.
Grandfather of two, Stuart Ashman, 64 from Chew Magna had a stroke in April 2016. The stroke left Stuart with weakness down the right side of his body and a communication difficulty called aphasia.
Stuart said: “The Stroke Association have been great! I’m looking forward to playing golf again!”
Liz Jeggo, Communication Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association, said: “More people than ever before are surviving a stroke. But many stroke survivors tell us that after all the effort to save their lives they then feel isolated when they return home.
“The golf course provides an opportunity for stroke survivors to meet others who are also experiencing a life after stroke, benefit from exercise, build their confidence, communicate together and enjoy learning new skills.
“We’re extremely grateful to the team at Farrington Park Golf Club who have been incredibly supportive throughout the course. We would encourage stroke survivors across Bath and North East Somerset to get in touch should they like to get involved in any future sessions.”
Jamie Blair, England Golf Disability Manager, said: “It is great to see the partnership with the Stroke Association develop across the South West and to see the positive approach Farrington Park Golf Club is taking to engaging with their local community
“Golf can offer a huge range of health and social benefits to stroke survivors. I hope that by working with the golf club and local stroke groups we can continue a strong partnership to bring the benefits of the game to more people in Bath and North East Somerset.”