Do you have lived experience of stroke? Do you want to be paid to deliver content for Stroke Foundation Young Stroke Project?

Stroke Foundation Young Stroke Project is here to meet the information needs of stroke survivors aged 18 to 65 years. 

We’re looking for stroke survivors, their partners, families, carers and friends to share stories and experiences and to explore ideas about recovery. This is an opportunity to create content that will inspire others, using the knowledge and skills you’ve built in your recovery to make the path a little easier for others.

Applications for the first round of pitches has now closed. We will be opening up submissions again later in 2021

Questions? Check out the FAQs or email 

Check out what people said was important to them in our first project survey


What are you looking for?  

We have an open mind about what content will be delivered.

We are inspired by stroke survivors already sharing their experiences, stories, tips and ideas. Here are some great examples of content created by stroke survivors. These will give you an idea of what we’re looking for.

  • Video: Jenny McAllister talks about challenges she has faced as a young stroke survivor.
  • Podcast: Podcast with Kristen Aguirre, a young stroke survivor, titled “Naps, Gratitude and Yoga”.
  • Blog: Blog post by young stroke survivor Toni Arfaras titled “Brave Enough to Try Something I’m Bad At”

Our best advice is to focus on things you are passionate about and that you think people really need. Think about how you would like to do it. Is it an interview, a conversation, an article, a blog? Is it written, or is it a podcast or video? 

Check out the survey results to find out what information people want from the project.  

How does this whole thing work?  

1. You apply by 5pm Friday 26 February 2021 

A panel will check out your application. The panel is made up of a Stroke Foundation staff member alongside someone with lived experience.  

2. You pitch 

If you get to this stage, the panel will invite you to pitch your idea via Zoom, phone or email. You can tell us about what you want to do and ask us questions.  

3. You make a plan 

At this stage, the panel will ask you to provide a project plan. We’ll give you a template to complete. It will include more detail on: 

  • What you’ll do to prepare: do reading and research, ask people to appear in your content etc 
  • What’ll you’ll deliver: a blog or podcast or a video for example 
  • The cost: how many hours it will take you to prepare and deliver your content.  

4. You deliver

If your plan is accepted, we’ll arrange an agreement and payment schedule. As you develop your content, the Young Stroke Project team will help out with advice, guidance and troubleshooting.  

Throughout the stages, we will let unsuccessful applicants know as soon as possible. We will explore other options with you if you’re interested in that. 

Can I apply with someone else?  

Sounds like fun. Yes, you can.  

Once I apply, how long will it take you to get back to me?  

This is the first time we’ve done this, so we’re definitely working it out as we go along. We’re not sure how long it will take to get back to people, but we will keep you updated as we go along.  

How much do you pay?  

You can set your own budget. We won’t pay you any less than $50 an hour. The maximum we can pay for a project is $1000. We may cover some out-of-pocket expenses. We can’t pay for equipment.