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Connect provides training and supervision for volunteers with aphasia who offer one-to-one support to others with stroke and aphasia in hospital and at home. Through these visits, trained befrienders encourage and help other people with aphasia to re-connect with life.


Benefits for befrienders

  • Provides a meaningful role
  • An opportunity to share experiences
  • A chance to change service delivery
  • Community participation
  • Provides peer-support

Benefits for befriendees

  • Information
  • Reassurance
  • Friendship
  • Conversation opportunities
  • Fun and laughter

Befriending is offered at all Connect locations. To find out more, contact us

Want to be a befriender?

We are looking for people with aphasia to be befrienders. Connect will support you and give you full training. We need you to support others with aphasia.

To find out more contact your nearest Connect centre

'I only wish I could have done this sooner. Not only is it benefitting other people, but it is benefitting me too. It's great'.

Carol Fletcher, befriender

'My befriender was a lifeline. Without her I'd be sat in my armchair all day'.

Kay Dawe, befriendee