A new and exciting e-learning tool is being developed by SAFE to support Stroke Support Organisations around positive and effective stroke advocacy

The Stroke Alliance For Europe (SAFE) in partnership with the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) has begun to develop a new online e-learning tool for empowering stroke advocates from across Europe. The Stroke Support Organisation Faculty Tool (SSOFT) will help to build the capacity and capabilities of Stroke Support Organisations (SSOs) by developing their knowledge and understanding around how to build positive and effective advoacy campaigns for stroke prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Since it was formed in 2004, SAFE has become an ever increasing advocate for Stroke Support Organisations across Europe through the growth of its membership from six to thirty organisations. SAFE’s members face a variety of challenges as they work to support stroke survivors and their families, some of which are common to all Stroke Support Organisations (SSOs) and others unique to their local context. SAFE has been working over the years to support their members in addressing these challenges, and as such have decided to develop a Stroke Support Organisation Faculty Tool (SSOFT). This e-learning tool will provide information that will allow SSOs to create a strong foundation upon which they can continue to build the effectiveness of their organisations.

This e-learning tool will be available online so that it will be accessible anywhere by our European members. It will be designed to be compatible with multiple devices including computers, smart phones and tablets. The e-learning will be initially structured into six modules that will cover information ranging from introducing the key principles of an SSO through the use of data to create effective messages, to approaches to developing positive and impactful public and health advocacy campaigns. The modules which will contain a mixture of videos, presentations and animations, ensuring that it is accessible as possible for all members especially stroke survivors.. “Members will be able to work their way through the information at their own pace and discretion “- says Victoria Brewer who is managing this thought-provoking project.

SSOFT will be developed over the next 10 months and is expected to be available in full towards the end of 2018. This project is being generously supported by Bayer HealthCare.