ReConnect Gloucestershire CIC

Peer befriending and support groups for people affected by Stroke, Aphasia and other long term health conditions, and their carers.

ReConnect has been a beacon of support for people affected by long term health conditions and their carers across Gloucestershire for over 10 years.

Our work aims to:

Watch a short Film About Befriending

Play Video about Video - befriending, life after stroke
With thanks to Stop Mo Studios for creating this animation

What People Say

From Participants:

“This place has changed my life, I now have a path, I know where I am going now! Everyone is so nice here.”

Group participant

“It makes me feel happy coming here. These are happy tears. I’m still accepted and welcomed even though D (husband) has passed away”

A carer

“It’s given me confidence, my social anxiety has improved. ReConnect has helped me to socialize as I don’t do that anywhere else.”

A befriender

"I'm singing because I'm happy. I'm just so happy to be back here."

Group participant after lockdown

“I've really enjoyed making that today. It took me completely away from all my troubles”

A carer

From Partners:

"ReConnect is fantastic - exactly how a community organisation should be - a stronghold on the ground, involved in the community, and most importantly led by the heart."

Stroke Association Colleague

“The time offers an opportunity for patients to socialise with each other which is precious to them and for staff to see patients enjoy this. The artist who takes the session is encouraging, patient and kind, and ensures the session demands nothing of the patients but in so doing allows patients to express themselves in a unique way. The session is peaceful and a refreshing break for patients from the clinical environment they are in otherwise. The group is a very much valued part of Stroke rehabilitation offered at the Vale for which the unit has been highly commended by the Community Hospital Association.”

Stroke Rehab Unit at Vale Hospital