Annual Reports

Presidents 2020- 2021 Annual Report

Stroke Community Coordinator's 2020 - 2021 Annual Report


 FOR THE YEAR 1ST JULY 2020 – 30TH JUNE 2021


I am very pleased to present the 2020/2021 Annual Report.

To begin I would like us to take a minutes silence to remember the Stroke people who have passed away over the year:


This year I am reporting under the heading of our  Strategic Priorities.  I HAVE COPIES FOR PEOPLE TO READ THE FULL REPORT AND WILL ONLY HIGHLIGHT MATTERS THAT I WANT TO EMPHASISE.

A reminder of


Reducing Risks Improving Outcomes - empower stroke survivors their families/whanau and carers with opportunities and resources to improve, regain, and build their personal success.”

One of our Goals

To be Gisborne’s lead organisation for delivery of stroke support services in a community where all stroke affected people live, work, and fully participate, to bring about positive change


  1. Build  Our Profile

the move to Palmerston Rd has increased visibility and access.

Signage and website have been renewed and our name has been changed to better reflect who we are.

Continue to be part of wider community activities

Support for  a staff member and a committee member to apply for representation on Hauora Tairawhiti Community Board

Newsletters and Facebook provide updated information

Making contact to key Officials, MP’s nationally and locally to let them know what we do in this community and  that our services need to be considered in the forthcoming  health reforms

  1. Community Outreach

Working out of a mini hub has been valuable for sharing information and support with others

Working collaboratively with community organisations encourages and strengthens relationships

Offering our programmes in the community and supporting people to attend

Providing home visiting when required

  1. Advocacy

Supporting stroke survivors and whanau to address issues such as benefit entitlements, attending health and other appointments

Raising Awareness of Stroke at every opportunity is part of all those involved in Stroke Tairawhiti

  1. Consolidate and Grow our Revenue

Ensuring Stroke Tairawhiti is visible and recognised in our community. 

Proactively seek funding, this is a challenge and one that we see as a priority for the continuation of our services

Raising money through several initiatives mostly led by staff, include a regular mini mart, flamingo flocking , charity knitting sale, compiling and selling a cookery book.  We also had the donations from a concert given by Peter Shaw and support from GEAR Meat

To continue to provide our services we need to pay our staff a reasonable salary and have sufficient funds to cover the programmes we run or plan to introduce in the future. it is imperative we retain the skills of the people we have.

Rent from our building is shared by those using it with one room being rented at a commercial rate and the remaining space let to other Not for Profit groups at a lower rate

Costs such as Rental has increased, along with programme costs including the cost of Sunshine Bus services so it is imperative we continue working to increase our revenue.  This means seeking further  support from individuals, organisations and sources of grants.

Financially we are fortunate to have some reserves which has helped our small overspend this year but we do need to aim to live within our means

  1. Build a sustainable organisation

We are a small organisation but those who know us are very loyal and support what we do.  We have been greatly supported in our move to Palmerston Rd by the MENZ Shed, Jan Simpson, Chris & Linda Warwick staff and volunteers.

We have strong and loyal group of volunteers who we couldn’t do without but we do need to recruit more people to help out

We endeavour to support a healthy environment and encourage environmental sustainability

We know we can’t survive alone so we have made some progress in linking more closely with Stroke Central and have continued our contact with the Stroke Foundation.  The intent of these links is to encourage a collaborative approach  to implementing programmes, sharing information and skills and supporting each other in our endeavours.

Locally links with Hauora Tairawhiti continue and also with Turanga Health and Ngati Porou Hauora and other health and social agencies. 

  1. Focused Programme Delivery

Attendance at programmes keeps growing and client satisfaction is indicated by this and the feedback we get.

Opportunity to be part of the EIT community Courses which have proved popular

Volunteer Coordinator set up a caregivers group which has proved to be valuable and a lot is learned and shared at these sessions


We are well positioned to continue our service and move relatively easily if we need to make some changes to  meet  the requirements of future health reforms

We will continue to put our clients first and support our staff and volunteers in every way possible

We will make every effort to secure funds for a sustainable future

We will continue to foster relationships with others that have a similar Kaupapa

We will continue to promote the work we do

We will continue to encourage volunteers to join us

Note the collective WE it is all of us



Before finishing I want to acknowledge the committee, Ray Farmer, Chris Shotton, Tracy Bacon, David (Speedy) Williams,  Biddy Robb, Phil Armstrong, John Wood, Linda Warwick

The committee are so well supported by our staff and we  really appreciate this

Phil Armstrong, John Wood and Linda Warwick are standing down from the committee and I would like to thank them all for their contributions, Phil for his experience in health matters and technical knowledge, Linda for her close experience of managing and supporting Stroke survivors and carers and John for his advice and ability to get us “a deal” from local businesses.


We also thank  Callum Thompson , Kaye Cockburn and Ann  Stannard, Graham & Dobson staff who look after our finances so capably. We appreciate their efforts very much.


And last but not least to our Amazing Staff who give so much to this organisation well over and above paid hours.  They are the face of Stroke and without them we wouldn’t be so successful so thank you to

Caroline for your caring, motivation and drive and absolute commitment to Stroke Tairawhiti

Judy for your knowledge of the community and how and where to seek financial support, and spearheading fund raisers

Maureen for your enthusiasm and drive and ability to get people on board as volunteers

To the three of you thank you, thank you thank you.

Jan Ewart

Stroke Community Coordinator’s 2020-2021 Annual report


It is a pleasure to deliver my 10th Annual report. The last twelve months have seen our organisation move from the St Andrews Hall to 340 Palmerston Road, a move that has made Stroke Tairawhiti more visible and given us a working space that reflects the professional work we do, to be seen not as a “club” but a service meeting the needs of stroke people in Tairawhiti.


I would like to sincerely thank all those that donated time, hard work and professional services to make the facility ready to move into and all those that attended the opening. After operating for nearly 30 years we are now more visible in the community.


Each year our programs have attracted more people recovering from stroke. With the introduction of a partnership with the YMCA we have added another program people can access and grow their self rehabilitation. Eastern Institute of Technology Tairawhiti has reinstated the ACE program, (Adult Community Education).  Our clients along with Brain Injury clients are accessing the programs offered. To date 12 people completed the cooking class last term and 18 people have signed up for the Rongoa & Raranga         (Medicine & Weaving). Linda Warwick has set up a carers group that meets once a month, this group has helped many new people experiencing looking after a loved one who has had stroke, however, others are interested in attending who are looking after partners with other Neurological disabilities.


Our programs need volunteers. I would like to thank all the volunteers who have helped with the EIT programs, YMCA, exercise class, communication class and the monthly lunches.


Thank you to those who have donated raffles or showed initiative in seeking sponsorship to help raise funds. Fundraising is fundamental to our organisation but it takes paid staff away from assisting clients in recovery. Thank you Judy Livingston for the development of Flamingos Fundraiser... It was not only a lot of fun for the community but also brought in the funding we needed.


Lastly, I would like to thank the dedicated staff and committee for their support over the past year. Making the move and stepping out of our comfort zone has been a big step and responsibility for committee members. I thank you for trusting me in this venture.


To the committee members standing down this year thank you for your dedication to stroke people and helping our organisation grow. Linda Warwick, thank you for your time as a committee member your initiative and common sense has added to sound decisions and sponsorship opportunities. Phil Armstrong, thank you for your statistical, technical and knowledge leading the committee on decisions relevant to your past MoH roles. John Woods, thank you for your commitment to Stroke Tairawhiti over the time you have been a committee member, language difficulty. We will miss you all and hope you will remain supporters and keep in contact with us.


My grateful thanks to Dr Rosalind Allen-Narker who agreed to be our Medical Advisor and has been a tremendous support to myself and stroke people in Tairawhiti.

Dr Rosalind Allen-Narker conducts the Stroke and TIA clinics held at Hauora Tairawhiti, we are extremely lucky to have this service in Tairawhiti, these clinics and follow ups have not only reassured stroke people that they have not been “abandoned” but have helped reduce further stroke by identifying and treating the cause of stroke. Referrals from Hauora Tairawhiti to our organisation have helped many to make lifestyle changes and reduce the risk of further stroke, therefore reducing re-admittance to hospital, improving mental health, and wellbeing and decreased levels of disability. Rosalind has been very supportive of our East Coast people and worked with me to see at risk clients sooner than the set follow-up timeframe.


Thank you to our Patron, Michael Muir, who has stood by us for the past 10 years, we are extremely grateful for all the support you have given us over this time.


The stats for the year reflect the COVID 19 lockdown, however despite the down time the number of participants attending programs are encouraging.


To all those who have made great progress this year, well done! Progress is not restricted to physical and cognitive but over and above that it is  about acceptance of the new you. 


Nga mihi aroha

Caroline Callow