Boroondara Stroke Support Group Inc. (BSSG)

We provide social support to stroke survivors, their carers and family members living in and around the Boroondara area. In doing so, we hope to become a ‘bridge’ that enables stroke survivors and their carers to safely make the transition from clinical care in hospital to community care, and to start rebuilding their post-stroke lives.

Welcome To Our Community

Vivienne Harkness

Vivienne Harkness OAM

President and former Carer, BSSG

Our President

My association with this invaluable organisation started in 2011.  My late husband, Peter, had a severe stroke which left him with aphasia, intellectual difficulties and a vocabulary limited to a very few words. 

At the BSSG we found all the things we needed: invaluable friendships, fun stimulating activities, concern, care and a wonderful amount of humour shared with others who had a similar experience.

I encourage anyone who is in need of the kinds of support that BSSG can provide to call us on 8529 5307 or send an email to

We will warmly welcome you and reassure you that you are not alone!

Jay Te Man small

Jay Te Manu

Stroke Survivor and Convenor of the Young Stroke Support Group

I had a stroke when I was celebrating my birthday on 4 February 2014.  I was at home with my partner Todd and a few friends we had invited over. We were standing in the lounge when suddenly, I collapsed.  It was that sudden.

As a result of my stroke, I am unable to use my left hand, which is difficult as I am left-handed, but I have learnt to use my right.  I can’t walk long distances anymore.  No more than 500 metres.  However, I have my power chair!

BSSG gives me the opportunity to give back and help others. Sometimes it can be a struggle, but if I can do it, I want others to see they can do it too.  If I know I can help one person at BSSG, it makes me feel happy.  I also volunteer at the Lions Club in Brighton and Rotary Prahran. 

If I had any advice to give, it would be “Have a good laugh, even if it’s at yourself” and “Never give up”.

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