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Conversation Outreach Project

This was a three year project, based in South London, in which we trained over 100 volunteers to visit people with aphasia in their own homes for weekly conversations. People with aphasia were very positive about the volunteer conversation partner visits – they enjoyed the time to talk, the chance to share stories and the valuable opportunity to practise communicating with others. The ideas and learning from this project are now feeding the Reaching Out Project in which Connect is supporting NHS services to provide similar communication opportunities for people with aphasia.

Bristol Feedback Project

In this project we trained eleven people with aphasia from the Bristol area to become communication skills trainers. This involved learning about conversation, developing skills to give feedback to healthcare workers and then taking on a role in the practical training of those who work with people with aphasia. So far the Feedback team have trained Stroke Co-ordinators, Stroke Teams based in North Bristol, community centre staff and volunteers working in Bristol and Exeter. And the personal benefits to the Feedback trainers? Confidence, doing something real, spreading the word about aphasia and what helps.

The Working Together Project

This two year project supported by the King's Fund allowed us to explore what it takes to involve people with aphasia in decision making and the day to day business of an organisation. We recruited a person with aphasia, Alan Hewitt, to the newly created post of Working Together Co-ordinator. Alan helped us facilitate the involvement of people with aphasia in the development of Connect. He also set up and chaired the Live Wire Forum, a group of people with aphasia who advised us on ways to involve people with aphasia authentically in all aspects of our work.

The Arts Access Project

This project looked at how arts organisations could widen access to their galleries and education opportunities by thinking about communication access. A team of people with aphasia worked with artists and art educators from the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern and other arts institutions to think about ways to include people with communication disability in workshops, talks and gallery visits. The end result was a handy ideas guide for arts organisations and those keen to get the most out of what's on offer at local galleries and museums.

Long Term Support Co-ordinator Network

This 18-month pilot project (now complete) aimed to improve long-term support for people living with stroke in South London through supporting local people with stroke to work together in local community network groups.

Arts Access: Phase 2

This is a project which has built on the successes of the original Pilot Arts Access Project. It has empowered people with aphasia to access arts opportunities more independently and help others do the same, and has developed training tools and materials to enable people working within arts organisations to make their services more accessible to people with aphasia.

Communication Access Toolkit

The aim of this project is to find out what makes health and social care services accessible or inaccessible for people with aphasia.

Connect Volunteers: Inclusion Campaign

The aim is to support people with aphasia to take up volunteering opportunities. The project seeks to raise awareness of aphasia amongst community volunteering organisations.

Parents Living with Stroke Resource

People with stroke and aphasia who are parents are working together to develop a paper-based resource for others in the same situation.

Reaching Out

This project looks at how to provide a useful and cost-effective long term service to people with aphasia at home.

Peer Support for People Living with Stroke

Working together with service providers, service users and other community contacts across Lambeth & Southwark, this project developed a stroke peer support scheme.

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Get Involved

If you have aphasia and you would like to get involved with one of our projects please contact Teresa Regan or call her on  020 7367 0843

If you are not a person with aphasia but would like to donate your time and skills to help us with our work see our section about how to volunteer at Connect.