HoW College helps prove there is Life After Stroke!

HoW College helps prove there is Life After Stroke!Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) help stroke survivors return to work with a ten week employability course.

HoW College has teamed up with the Stroke Association to deliver their first certified employability course to four stroke survivors at the charity’s Life After Stroke Centre in Bromsgrove.

Led by the College’s Learning Skills and Development Officer, Carl Whitehouse, the course is designed to help build participants confidence and teach them the best ways of searching and applying for jobs.

Having successfully completed the course all survivors are now actively looking for or have found work. All participants were awarded their course certificates at a presentation in the Life After Stroke Centre on Thursday 27 April.

Talking about the course, Carl said:

“The emphasis of the course is ensuring people feel able to start mixing within the group, as being out of work or experiencing a health condition such as a stroke can lead to isolation. It also helps people develop their functional skills, to help with maths, English and IT.”

Christy Weatherby, Life After Stroke Centre Coordinator at the Stroke Association in Bromsgrove, added:

“Around a quarter of strokes happen in people of working age. Stroke survivors looking to return back to work face specific challenges, which can be hard to overcome alone. We’re thrilled with the outcome of the course and the impact in made on stroke survivors’ lives. Because of its success we’re looking to run the course again later this year at the Life After Stroke Centre.”

HoW College is committed to delivering high quality courses to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. The College has amazing facilities and extensive provision spanning across Worcestershire. To find out more about our courses please visit our website:

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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