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Exercise Classes




Thursdays 10.30- 11.45AM

Holy Trinity Hall - Cnr Derby and Palmerston Rd

$3 charge

Koha for morning tea.


A qualified fitness instructor is contracted to deliver a comprehensive holistic exercise program each week.

The exercise class also provides a social element and is a great way to get people into their first social event. Meeting other stroke survivors and creating relationships.

Our exercise program has been instrumental in helping people in their progress toward social inclusion while gaining strength and balance.

Through observation 80% of people who attend the exercise classes regularly improve their coordination, balance and cognitive function. We also provide for people with other disabilities, MS, mental health, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, brain injury and the older person.

Volunteers assist with providing morning tea, setting up the hall and assisting clients where needed.

The weekly program gives clients an opportunity to talk with the Stroke Community Coordinator, who facilitates the program, about any issues they are having and is a perfect way for the coordinator to keep up to date with the well being of clients.


Fit 2 Function




Tuesday 11.00AM - 11.45AM

YMCA - 447 Childers Road, Gisborne

$3.00 Per Class


Exciting, electrifying and engaging fun - that’s what our group fitness classes are known for.

They are so much more than high octane music or choreographed movements.


It’s where you build camaraderie and new friendships with people who have similar goals, passion and enthusiasm.


Come along and join us with fitness instructor Rebecca in the auditorium.


communication class

Group Therapy
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Friday 10.00AM - 12.00PM

Holy Trinity Hall - 70  Derby Street

No Charge

The focus of the communication group is to promote general conversation and does not include direct manipulation of linguistic skills.


Group communication targets on increased initiation of conversation and information exchange using whatever communicative means possible. We provide stroke survivors with tools to communicate socially, help regain control over decision making, and improve family and whānau relationships.


We aim to improve functional communication in simulated situations such as shopping, reading labels and starting conversations. In addition we focus on improving cognitive function by completing numeracy and literacy tasks challenging the brain with brain teasers, quizzes, games, puzzles and interactive conversation.

Participants stated they gained confidence in communicating with family and whānau, improved their speech and cognitive functions, enhanced thinking and planning skills, and were able to structure their daily living in a organised way.

Family and whānau are welcome to attend group meeting to learn communication techniques.  

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Monthly luncheon

The Stroke Tairawhiti monthly lunches are held the first Tuesday of the month at the Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club. This is an opportunity for stroke survivors to venture out into the wider community and have a meal in a supported environment.


Some stroke survivors have difficulty with eating and are very self-conscious, most will not eat out in public. Members offer support to each other in this setting and over time become more confident in community settings and enjoy eating in public without prejudice.

For the elderly and people with disability it is a regular opportunity to increase social inclusion, reduce loneliness and integrate in a community setting with others. People of all ages and ethnicity, their friend’s, family and whānau are encouraged to attend this social activity.




First Tuesday of the Month 12.00PM onward

Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club

Members & Friends pay for their own lunch

Bookings not required

Dinner in Restaurant
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Stroke Community Coordinator

Our stroke community coordinator's role is to support stroke survivors, families and whānau. Hospital and home visits are made to assess their needs and help reach the best possible outcome for their rehabilitation journey. The Coordinator links you to other services and takes some of the stress away by navigating services for you.


Services include

  • Helping members, their families and volunteers understand stroke and how to reduce the risk of secondary stroke

  • Ensure stroke survivors and supporters receive information on appropriate services

  • Supporting stroke survivors to achieve their full potential

  • Assist members and their families to develop and achieve goals

  • Support at doctor visits and WINZ appointments

  • Assist with self advocacy

  • Helping stroke survivors regain confidence and work towards independence



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