FAQs about the Access to Life project

What will the Access to Life Project change?
The project will change the range, length and quality of services for people with aphasia. It will improve the quality of life for people living with aphasia by ensuring they have a better choice of services and more opportunities to get involved and move on with life after stroke and aphasia.

When will the project start?
We hope Phase 1 of the pilot project will start in Cornwall in January 2006. Phase 2, developing services in 2 other locations in the South West will start in January 2007. The timing of the start date depends on finding funding for the project.

Who will benefit?
We estimate there are around 28,000 people across the South West region living long term with the consequences of stroke. At least 4,200 of these people will have aphasia. Each year in Cornwall there will be at least 200 new people disabled by aphasia

Why is the project starting in Cornwall?
We have decided to pilot the project in Cornwall for a number of reasons. The local service providers are keen. Services to people with aphasia in Cornwall are very patchy. The conditions are right to try out the project.

Who will Connect work with in the Access to Life Project?
In phase 1 of the project Connect is collaborating with the Acute and Primary Care Trusts in Cornwall and the Stroke Association. We will also work with a wide range of local health, social services, voluntary sector and community arts, leisure and education groups to extend services for people living with aphasia.

Will there be a Connect centre in Bristol?
There will not be a Connect centre running services. But in the future we may need to have a small base in the South West to co-ordinate some of the work, run training sessions, demonstrate good practice. But we don't know yet where the best place will be.

What about people with aphasia in other parts of the country?
If the project works well in the South West, we will be able to use the same plan to improve services for people living with aphasia in different parts of the country.

I want to help with the project and I have aphasia - what can I do?
During the project there will be a range of roles for volunteers who have aphasia. For example we will be looking for advisors, trainers, people to develop and run new services. We also need to build up more information about what people living with aphasia have found helpful and unhelpful. So you can help by telling us your stories and experiences. You can do this by writing to us or sending us an email. Perhaps you go to a group, which can send us your thoughts. Also we will be running some new Connect for a day events in the South West. You can come to the days and tell us about your stories and experiences. If you want to be more involved in the project contact Carole Pound or Tom Penman

Where will Connect get the funding from?
We are approaching a number of charitable trusts and foundations to help fund the project. If you are interested in making a donation towards our work in the South West please contact Lysa Schwartz.


Our contact details

Our telephone number is
020 7367 0840.

Our fax number is
020 7367 0841

Our address is

1618 Marshalsea Road

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