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SAFE has developed the first-ever online stroke learning platform, called Stroke Support Organisation Faculty Tool (SSOFT). The first two eLearning Modules were launched in April and May 2018, with the remaining four being launched between May and November 2018.

Towards the end of 2018, a complete Education and Training Programme was created, with a number of basic modules to provide an effective platform for advocacy, and a number of second level modules, which will teach in more detail the elements required for positive and effective advocacy.

The overarching objective of the Programme is to achieve improved stroke care and enable Stroke Support Organisations (and ESO members) and their constituents, patients and carers, to strengthen their ability to advocate and impact on prevention strategies, diagnosis and treatment and after care.

This was achieved with the production and dissemination of educational and training materials via a coordinated Programme designed for all those involved with Stroke Support Organisations (SSOs) across Europe, and also made available for stroke professionals who would want to know more about this area.

SAFE board approved the appointment of  Victoria Brewer as SAFE Project and Organisation Director, who was working on this project until December 2018. While Victoria was responsible for the development of the Stroke Support Organisation Faculty Tool (SSOFT),  there were two persons engaged on writing modules for SSOFT, Sarah Belson and Joe Korner, both very experienced in stroke related topics and stroke advocacy.

For more information about SSOFT please visit

This project is sponsored by Bayer.