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About us

We are Scotland’s health charity.

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Research – Advice – Support – Action

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community.

  • Coronary heart disease is one of Scotland’s biggest killers.
  • Stroke is the main cause of disability in the community.
  • Chest illnesses of various kinds are the biggest single reason people use the health service.

Research

We fund research into all aspects of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and the social impact of chest heart and stroke illness. Our current programme is worth more than £1 million.

Care and support

We provide care and support throughout Scotland for people affected by these conditions, as well as their families and other carers. More than 1,200 people affected by stroke, especially those with communication problems, benefit from our main community service, the Communication Support Service (CSS) and 800 volunteers help operate it locally.

Advice

The Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice Line offers a direct link to confidential, professional advice from trained nurses. This is backed up by our Health Information Team Department with booklets, factsheets, DVDs and videos, available free to patients and carers in Scotland. Our health professionals provide specialist advice and training to particular groups with specific needs. More than 100 local chest heart and stroke clubs are affiliated to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and our Community Support Network brings practical help and advice to those whose need is greatest.

Having your say

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is supporting you to have your say giving you the  with Voices Scotland Through free workshops and ongoing support you will be provided with the knowledge, skills and confidence to work with the health and social care services to help plan new and better services.

Welfare

Our personal support grant programme provides direct financial aid to help patients and their families with some of the practicalities of living with a debilitating illness. Our specialist Welfare Benefits Advisors is reaching a growing number of those in need.

Funding

To maintain and expand our vital work in research and community services, we rely almost entirely on the continuing generosity of the Scottish public, business and community organisations. Every pound we raise in Scotland is spent on research and services in Scotland. To help us view our fundraising pages.

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