Stroke Foundation Young Stroke workshops

Stroke Foundation Young Stroke Project have partnered with the Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN) to offer free online workshops for young stroke survivors and their support crew.

About Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN)

The Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN) is the peak representative organisation of, and for, people with physical disability across New South Wales. PDCN assist people with a physical disability to live ordinary lives as contributing members of the community by providing opportunities for individuals to gain the information, knowledge and skills necessary to manage their own lives.

About the workshops

With the support of NDIS Information Linkages and Capacity Building funding, PDCN is offering two different types of online workshops. These free online workshops will be run by a skilled Peer Facilitator with lived experience of stroke, in a safe and inclusive environment. You can ask questions and receive individualised peer mentoring after the workshop.

Who are the workshops for?

  • stroke survivors aged 18-65 or their support crew (family, friends or carers)

Note: You do not need to live in NSW to take part in these workshops.

Resilience workshops

Resilience is about recognising and growing durable inner strength. It is more than just recovering from loss, trauma, or ongoing difficult situations or circumstances. It is about cultivating well-being, developing mental resources, and developing an underlying sense of happiness, love, and peace.

In this online workshop we will seek to:

  • Identify personal strengths and coping skills
  • Identify life stressors
  • Reflect on your response to stressors and their impact
  • Identify ways to build new coping skills
  • Provide a list of resources.

The workshop is facilitated by Wendy Banfield, an adult educator with a keen interest in how our mind works, and Adrian O’Malley, a peer facilitator and mentor who has lived experience of stroke. The workshop will be free of complex psychological terminology and will provide a safe space to explore what resilience means without having to expose personal uncomfortable stories. Individual peer mentoring is also available at the conclusion of this workshop.

Workshop dates

  • Tuesday 23 March 2021 – 10:00am to 11:30am (Part 1)
  • Tuesday 30 March 2021 – 10:00am to 11:30am (Part 2)

Please note – the Resilience workshop is run in two parts and you should attend both parts.

Registration is essential

There is a limit of 10 spaces, so registration is essential. However, if you miss out there will be a waitlist for future workshops.


Speaking up for yourself workshop

Do you need some strategies, tips, and effective methods to help you know how and when to speak up for yourself?

The workshop is facilitated by Wendy Banfield, an adult educator with a keen interest in how our mind works, and Adrian O’Malley, a peer facilitator and mentor who has lived experience of stroke. This free online workshop will give you the opportunity to learn more about how to speak up for your rights and advocate for yourself. The workshop will cover in depth: what speaking up for yourself is, how to do it, when you might need it and the best ways to communicate.

It will address the many contexts or environments in which you might need to stand up for your rights. These could include with family, service providers, healthcare professionals and more. Individual peer mentoring is also available at the conclusion of this workshop.

Workshop date

  • Monday 29 March 2021 – 10:00am to 12:15pm

Registration is essential

There is a limit of 10 spaces, so registration is essential. However, if you miss out there will be a waitlist for future workshops.


Any questions? Get in touch with the Stroke Foundation Young Stroke Project team on youngstrokeproject@strokefoundation.org.au or phone (03) 9670 1000.