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Connect is a charity for people living with aphasia, a communication disability which usually occurs after stroke or brain injury.

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Connect now recruiting local champions with aphasia!

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Connect has received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to support its outreach programme – creating peer-led opportunities for people with aphasia in their local communities. Recruitment is now underway to find local champions to work with Connect and lead these projects. Would you like to work with us? Find out who we're looking for, here.

About aphasia

Being able to communicate is something most of us take for granted.

Communication is part of our lives. It helps make and maintain relationships; It helps us work, learn and explore and keep in touch with the world.  We also understand our past and make plans for our future using communication.

Communication helps us to be a person and to take part in life and all its opportunities.  Aphasia breaks down that communication.

Each person with aphasia experiences it differently. Some people cannot speak at all; some people have just a few words. Others can no longer read, write or use numbers.

With aphasia everyday activities such as having a conversation, answering the phone, watching television, may suddenly become a source of profound frustration and anxiety. It affects the person with aphasia and their families, friends and carers too.

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The difference Connect makes

At Connect, we work alongside people with aphasia and their families to develop communication and rebuild confidence.  People with aphasia tell us that this is crucial to recovery. 

We know that aphasia is not 'fixable'. Experience has taught us that it can be 'liveable'. Through our services people with aphasia gain confidence and explore new possibilities and choices. People who come to Connect take on new roles and educate themselves and others about communication disability and life.  Connect offers information, events, publications, training, raises awareness, influences policy makers and supports and undertakes research.

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The difference you can make

Connect is building a community of people with aphasia supporting each other; Help us extend our reach to meet local need.

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Connect - the communication disability network is a registered charity no 1081740 and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales no. 3897534

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YOU can make a difference

There are many ways you can support Connect. Make a regular donation, become a Connect fundraiser or make a lasting difference and remember Connect in your will.

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Keep in touch with Connect through our regular newsletters. Sign up to receive your FREE copy here.



Stroke service lead job in Cornwall and London-based Finance Manager position

An exciting new Service Lead role has come up at Connect in Cornwall.  We are also recruiting for a Finance Manager in London.  More information and details of how to apply are here

Download your free Aphasia Information Pack

Click here to download your pack (Booklet, Flyer and DVD)

Miguel de Sampaio

'Put simply, Connect gave me my life back'.
Miguel de Sampaio

Room bookings at Connect

Connect is an ideal location for a range of meetings. Find out more and make your booking below.

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BBC Radio Four

Sharon Smith tells her story on BBC Woman's Hour. Find out more and listen again

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'Aphasia can make you feel very isolated and alone. Connect helps me to be involved and a part of the community again'.
Simon Prior