A DESPERATE shortage of volunteers has thrown doubt on the future of Solihull Stroke Club.
Chairman Laurence Morrison has said that the group might be forced to close, unless people can be found to help organise events.
The well-known group – which has around 50 members – is open to anyone affected by strokes.
Laurence, who has been with the club for nine years, said: “The group is very important to its members. For some of them it’s the one day they get out each week, and if it’s cancelled for a week, then they really miss it. It would be terrible if it had to finish.”
According to Laurence one of the problems is a lack of new blood – many of the volunteers are over 70. One of the organisers will be stepping down in the New Year, and if a replacement can’t be found then the Monday club, held at Whar Hall Community Centre, will have to be wound up. And the Wednesday club, which takes place in Hobs Moat, is also in jeopardy because of the dwindling number of helpers.
In recent times, the group has gone to SUSTAiN and student organisations to recruit more volunteers – but to no avail.
Now it’s made a fresh appeal for volunteers and written to the Stroke Association.
If you’d be interested in helping out for a few hours each week then call Laurence on 01564 778825.