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Disability Living Allowance to be replaced by Personal Independence Payment

04 October 2012

From April 8th 2013 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people between 16 and 65 years of age.

Connect drop-in service opens in Oxford

03 September 2012

On September 4th Connect is opening a brand new drop-in service for people with aphasia, friends and relatives in Oxford.

Connect volunteers honoured with 'Southwark Stars'

31 July 2012

At last month's Southwark Stars awards ceremnony, five of Connect's fantastic volunteers were honoured for their tireless support for people with aphasia.

Connect Wadebridge stall is a triumph

10 July 2012

The Wadebridge Communication Support Group ran a stall at the John Betjeman Centre last week, raising £400 for Connect.

Line Up race through the park to support Connect

02 July 2012

12 runners from the experiential marketing and events agency Line Up took to the track to complete the Richmond Park 10K in June, raising over £7,900 for Connect in the process.

St Austell summer fete raises funds for Connect

27 June 2012

The St Austell Conversation Group in Cornwall held a summer fundraiser at the Eden Project Cafe in June, raising vital funds to support people with aphasia.

Connect praised in House of Lords

31 January 2012

Connect's work with people with aphasia was praised in the House of Lords this week during a debate on health and social care support for people after stroke.

Connect presents at UK Stroke Forum Conference

06 January 2012

In November 2011 Connect were invited to present at the UK Stroke Forum Conference, where Wasi Daniju and Jane Stokes spoke about the principles and logistics behind peer-led groups.

Quiz night raises funds for Connect

05 December 2011

Connect teamed up with London Bridge Hospital recently for a 'Pub Quiz' style fundraising evening. The event raised over £500 to support our services for people with aphasia.

'Aphasia News' goes national

10 October 2011

'Aphasia News' is changing! Connect's quarterly newsletter - written by people with aphasia, for people with aphasia - will now be available all over the country.

Connect presents at BAS conference

09 October 2011

Connect's Alan Hewitt and Sally McVicker were chosen to present at the British Aphasiology Society's biennial international conference.

Connect comes to Canterbury

06 September 2011

Connect is delighted to announce the start of our new drop-in group in Canterbury.

Rose puts her money where her mouth is

23 August 2011

Rose, who works in the fundraising department at Connect, has joined our Fantastic 50 Challenge! She is raising money and awareness for Connect by doing a 3 day sponsored silence.

Peter has walked the walk!

19 August 2011

Peter Baker has completed a sponsored walk around the lake in Oakmere Park in Potters Bar.

Special visitor comes to Connect

28 July 2011

Connect was delighted to welcome actress Lynda Bellingham to our drop-in session this week.

Pledges win prizes!

11 July 2011

People working in services for people with communication disability have made pledges to ensure their services are more accessible to people with aphasia. And the best ones were presented with a special award.....

Connect trustee is knighted

17 June 2011

Professor Roger Boyle is awarded a knighthood.

Aphasia awareness on the BBC

14 June 2011

Sharon Smith tells her story about living with aphasia on BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour to mark the start of Aphasia Awareness month.

Volunteer award winners at Connect

14 June 2011

Big congratulations to Connect volunteer Jane Stokes who won Volunteer of the Year for 'Giving Disability a Voice and Raising Awareness'. The award was made by the Volunteer Centre, Southwark. Connect volunteers Justine Everson, Patricia Place and Jane Stokes also received Southwark Stars awards for their tireless devotion to volunteering at Connect.

Red Shoes Day at Connect

05 May 2011

Connect staff launched the 'Fantastic 50' Challenge with a 'Red Shoes Day'.

Celebrating 5 years of Connect in Cornwall

26 April 2011

People with aphasia got together at the Lanhydrock Hotel in Bodmin this week to mark five years of Connect in Cornwall. The event celebrated the success of a service designed and delivered by experts – people with aphasia themselves.

Connect speaks at Downing Street

15 April 2011

Connect's Chief Executive, Mike Forster, was invited to 10 Downing Street this week by the Health Secretary and the Prime Minister as part of a listening initiative concerning recent proposed changes in the NHS.

Communications Champions across London

25 February 2011

Over 600 people working in health and social care services across London are learning more about communication access for people with aphasia

Aphasia Ambassadors speak out

24 January 2011

People with aphasia are volunteering to help Connect raise awareness of aphasia by training to be Aphasia Ambassadors

Care Quality Commission Review urges more support for Life after Stroke

12 January 2011

A review published today shows the need for more support for people with aphasia

People with aphasia speak at stroke conference

10 December 2010

People with aphasia explained to health and social care workers what it feels like to go through the 'goal setting' experience.

And the winner is.....

10 December 2010

Explaining your emotions is difficult when you have aphasia. As health and social care workers found out in our competition at the UK Stroke Forum.

Connect services recommended in new guidelines

11 November 2010

Commissioning Support for London has launched a guide for commissioners that sets out what 'life after stroke' services should look like.

David Robins meets new challenge in Papua New Guinea

05 July 2010

Connect supporter David Robins launches his latest challenging walk for Connect - the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea.

New Connect Service in Wandsworth

30 April 2010

Connect are now offering services for people with aphasia in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Spreading the word in Cornwall

19 April 2010

People with aphasia hosted a special event to spread the word about Connect services in Cornwall.

Getting back to work for people with aphasia

16 March 2010

Nearly a quarter of people who have a stroke are of working age*, yet few people return to paid employment. Connect worked with people with aphasia and organisations in North Tyneside to look at why people with aphasia find getting back to work difficult.

Connect Response to NAO Report: Progress in Improving Stroke Care

03 February 2010

Connect urges Local Authorities to “lift their game” and improve community care services and support for people living with stroke.

Funding boost for Access to Life services

23 December 2009

Connect has received a substantial grant to support the expansion of Life after Stroke services.

Susie braves stormy waters for Connect

27 July 2009

Connect supporter Susie Parr bravely swam across the Camel Estuary in Cornwall to raise funds for Connect.

How African drumming and drama can support people with aphasia

27 July 2009

A Connect 'Creative Arts' Day can support people with aphasia to gain confidence and have fun!

The 'restoration' of singer/songwriter Edwyn Collins

24 July 2009

Grace Maxwell has published a moving account of how she and her young son coped when her partner, famous singer Edwyn Collins, had two brain haemorrhages. Edwyn now has aphasia.

People with aphasia celebrate in Cornwall

24 July 2009

Connect's Access to Life Project in Cornwall is celebrating the fantastic news that their flagship project can continue to offer 'life after stroke' services.

Connect at the House of Lords

03 July 2009

Connect held a reception at the House of Lords on 23 June 2009 to raise awareness of aphasia with parliamentarians who heard directly from people with aphasia about the everyday issues they face living with a communication disability

Connect helps to shape stroke services in London

26 March 2009

Once more, Connect has been involved in helping shape stroke policy. The new policy is called 'Healthcare for London: A Framework for Action'. It aims to transform health across London and one of its main focuses is stroke care.

The National Stroke Strategy - one year on

09 January 2009

People with aphasia reflect on stroke service development, one year after the National Stroke Strategy.

The Robin Tavistock Award 2008

12 December 2008

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia have awarded The Robin Tavistock Award 2008 to Connect.

Guardian Public Services Award 2008 - Winner!

27 November 2008

Connect's Reaching Out project has been awarded the Guardian Public Services Award 2008 - Care of older people category

Connect wins BUPA Communication Award 2008

14 November 2008

Connect has been awarded the BUPA Foundation Communication Award 2008

Guardian Public Services Awards short-lists Connect project

01 October 2008

Connect's Reaching Out Project has been short-listed in the renowned Guardian Public Services Awards - Care of Older People category.

New organisation to run Connect project

11 September 2008

The successful peer-support scheme will continue to support people with aphasia in Lambeth and Southwark now that it is run by the Disability Advice Service in Lambeth (DASL).

Connecting with TALK

11 July 2008

People with aphasia from Connect worked with TALK Surrey to demonstrate how people with aphasia can have conversations together.

Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cardiac and Stroke Network connects with people with aphasia

11 July 2008

People with aphasia in Manchester get involved in training stroke service providers

Response to Lord Darzi's Review 'High Quality Care for All'

07 July 2008

Phyllis Campbell-McRae, Chief Executive of Connect welcomes the publication of the Darzi review.

Connect showcase in Cornwall

01 July 2008

Connect was delighted to host the Access to Life in Cornwall forum, an event to showcase the work undertaken between the Access to Life project and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly NHS Primary Care Trust and other community and voluntary organisations.

Edwyn Collins supports Connect

19 June 2008

Edwyn Collins, who has aphasia, is donating the profits of his latest single release to Connect

Connect delivers 'Ideas and Inspirations' in Barnstaple

22 May 2008

People with aphasia, families and friends gathered in Barnstaple at an event to inspire new ideas and motivation for moving on after stroke and aphasia.

David Robins completes a 346 mile walk to support Connect

21 May 2008

David Robins, chair of New Philanthropy Capital and former Chair and CEO of Ings Baring, walks 346 miles to support Connect.

Access to Life in Cornwall forum announced

21 May 2008

Health and social care commissioners, key decision makers and influential community leaders will gather on Monday 23 June at Connect's Access to Life Forum in Bodmin to reflect on how Cornwall will rise to meet the challenge of the Department of Health's new Stroke Strategy. The Forum will be opened by Sir Ian Carruthers OBE, the Chief Executive of NHS South West.

People with aphasia work with 'Stepping Out'

13 March 2008

People with aphasia at Connect worked with 'Stepping Out' a self-management programme for people who have had a stroke and their carers.

Finding out about Communication Access

13 March 2008

'Hope to see a ripple-effect, hospital-wide' said one delegate after attending one of two 'Making Communication Access a Reality' training days held this month.

Connect welcomes new Chief Executive

29 February 2008

We are delighted to welcome Phyllis Campbell-McRae as our new Chief Executive. Phyllis is looking forward to building on Connect's influential work to date particularly the major role we have played in pioneering innovative therapies and support for people with aphasia.

Facilitating Conversation in a Foreign Language

29 February 2008

Ten years ago Pauline Needham could speak only three words. Ten days ago, she facilitated a conversation among six people with aphasia in a small town in Bavaria. She spoke English. Those who could talk, spoke German. Communication barriers quickly tumbled – neither aphasia, nor language could stop conversation and communication.

The David Robins 'Get Connected' walk is launched

19 February 2008

We are delighted that David Robins, Chair of New Philanthropy Capital, is once more undertaking a long walk to raise funds for Connect. Between May 1st and 18th, David will be walking 346 miles from Boston in Lincolnshire to Barnstaple in Devon.

Access to Life in Cornwall starts Aphasia Awareness Campaign

17 January 2008

People with aphasia in Cornwall are leading a grassroots campaign called 'You are NOT alone…get connected'. They are giving speeches to community groups such as the WI, Rotary and British Legion in order to find 1,000 people with aphasia who have 'disappeared'.

People with aphasia support Warm Front

16 January 2008

Connect recently helped to organise a focus group to discuss ways of improving the government's Warm Front scheme to make it more accessible for people with communication disabilities.

Conversation Partners - positive feedback!

19 December 2007

Participants in the pilot of Connect Conversation Partner schemes came together at Connect to report on the progress of their schemes around the country.

The National Stroke Strategy - Connect's view

11 December 2007

On 5th December 2007, the National Stroke Strategy was published. Connect is delighted to be part of the development of this quality framework to enable high quality health and social care services.

Connect at UK Stroke Forum conference 2007

10 December 2007

Connect led a session on rehabilitation for people who have impaired communication and cognition at this major event for everyone working in stroke services. Five people living with aphasia joined Carole Pound and Dr David Gillespie to explore practical issues relating to life after stroke.

New Chair of the Board of Trustees

27 September 2007

Connect is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Jocelyn Cornwell as Connect's new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

The Draft National Stroke Strategy - the consultation

24 September 2007

People with aphasia came together at Connect on Monday 24th September in a joint event with Speakability to feedback views and ideas about the Draft National Stroke Strategy.

Health Talk Tried and Tested

17 September 2007

Health Talk, a communication resource to help health care professionals and patients with communication disability understand one another better, has now been tried and tested in London and Bristol.

Connect collaborates in Scotland

17 September 2007

Connect was delighted to be invited to present a Symposium at the recent British Aphasiology Society Biennial International Conference in Edinburgh.

Connect at Think Tank

17 September 2007

Sally Byng, Connect's Access to Life in Cornwall Project Director, was delighted to be invited to an Aphasia 'Think Tank' in Canada this month. The 'Think Tank' called 'Living Successfully with Aphasia: Intervention, Evaluation and Evidence' is being organised by the Pat Arato Aphasia Institute in Toronto.

Hyde Park run raises funds for Connect

17 September 2007

Over forty women took part in the Hydro Active Women's Challenge on 16th September to raise funds for Connect.

National Stroke Strategy - the Consultation begins

31 July 2007

The draft National Stroke Strategy was published on 9th July 2007. We are now in the Consultation period - a time for everyone to give their views.

Connect in Northumbria

31 July 2007

Connect have been working with Stroke Northumbria to develop some long term, low cost events for people with aphasia. The aim is to develop local networks where people with stroke and aphasia and carers can come along to share experiences, ways of coping and to learn about services that can assist them. Connect worked with Annie Laverty and her team at Stroke Northumbria to help them present a range of information days for people with stroke and aphasia and their relatives.

Connect Cornwall 'Hubs' meet Connect in London

31 July 2007

Members of the 'hubs' in Cornwall enjoyed a two day trip to Connect in London. The aim of the event was to meet people with aphasia and their relatives at Connect's London centre and to share ideas about how stroke services can be improved in Cornwall.

A new resource for parents with stroke

17 July 2007

Connect and the Modernisation Initiative have launched a new book/DVD for parents living with stroke and aphasia.

Training together in Cornwall

08 June 2007

Cornwall now has twenty five people living with aphasia trained as Conversation Skills Trainers, thanks to the Speech and Language Therapy service and Access to Life in Cornwall Project.

Connect at the 'hub' in Cornwall

11 May 2007

Over 20 people with aphasia and their relatives met across Cornwall at the beginning of May 2007 for the first local 'Hub' groups in Cornwall.There are three 'Hubs' in Cornwall covering North & East, Central and West Cornwall which are all part of the Access to Life in Cornwall Project. The 'Hubs' are groups of people with aphasia who meet monthly in Launceston, Kingsley Village - Fraddon and Helston to share their experiences of stroke services in their area.

Aphasia Power in Yorkshire

08 May 2007

People with aphasia and their family members from Speakability groups in the Yorkshire area gathered at Eggborough Power Station for a Connect-for-a-Day event called “Better Conversations”.

Connect inspires Essex team

03 May 2007

Two years ago the Mid-Essex Speech and Language Therapy team had long waiting lists for out-patient services and feedback from people with aphasia reflected a high level of frustration with the service offered. The service looked to Connect for inspiration and a way to rethink their service. Six members of the team attended “Groups Work” and now therapists feel more supported and satisfied, they are working together more and above all the feedback from service users is much improved.

Connect Marathon runners beat the heat

24 April 2007

Connect were delighted to have two runners in the 2007 London Marathon on 22nd April who between them have raised over £3500 for Connect. In spite of the record temperatures, Trevor Dolan completed the gruelling 26 miles in four hours forty minutes and Liz Lewis was just behind him at four hours fifty eight minutes.

School Readathon supports Connect

24 April 2007

“Imagine what it would be like if your Mum or your Grandad couldn't read you a story”. That's how 12-year old Luke Mann explained aphasia to his friends at Westminster Under School who went on to raise over £5300 for Connect.

Access to Life in Cornwall Moves Forward

10 April 2007

Over the last year, Connect has been working with local people living with aphasia in Cornwall to identify what they think about the services and opportunities available to them. We have held a number of events across the county, asking what people liked about services, what they didn't like and what they felt was missing. At Alverton Manor Hotel in Truro on March 26th, we fed back the results of these listening and involvement events.

Volunteers complete Museum project

23 March 2007

Getting involved in volunteering in your local community can be both exciting and daunting for people, regardless of whether or not they have aphasia.

Training steps up as two Connect runners prepare for London Marathon 2007

19 March 2007

Liz Lewis and Trevor Dolan are supporting Connect by running in the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2007.

Work begins on new DVD for Parents with Stroke

02 March 2007

Being a parent is difficult enough - but after a stroke all those difficulties become even more of a challenge. Often support and advice is hard to find. So, the 'Having a Stroke – Being a Parent' Project (in collaboration with the Stroke Services Modernisation Initiative and funded by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity) is working with parents who have had a stroke, their families and carers to make a resource to help other parents and carers in the same boat.

Finding out about Better Conversations

23 February 2007

Over twenty five people with aphasia and their relatives attended a special event for people with aphasia at Connect on 5th February 2007.

Connect Reaches Out

23 February 2007

Staff from Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Greenwich joint programme attended a two day training day event at Connect as part of the Reaching Out Project. The training package will be incorporated into a new postgraduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy which starts in March 2007.

Department of Health distributes Connect resources to all English stroke units

02 February 2007

Every stroke unit in England has been sent a free copy of Connect's Stroke and Aphasia Handbook and Stroke Talk, courtesy of the Department of Health.

Connect at UK Stroke Forum Conference 2006

04 January 2007

The UK Stroke Forum Conference took place on 7th and 8th December 2006. Over 1200 delegates attended and Connect's Chief Executive Sally Byng was a key note speaker and chaired a parallel session called "Long-term support in the community: Whose responsibility?"

Connect's Southwark Star

14 December 2006

Emmanuel Godis has been honoured with a special “Southwark Star” award by the Volunteer Centre, Southwark, for successfully completing 100 hours of volunteering work. Emmanuel has been living with aphasia since 1999 when he had his stroke and volunteers regularly with The Bankside Open Spaces Trust.

Access to Life in Cornwall Project is officially launched

23 November 2006

Access to Life in Cornwall is a project that will enhance and extend the range, length and choice of opportunities and services for people living with stroke and aphasia and other long-term conditions in Cornwall.

St Barnabas raises the roof for Connect

20 October 2006

"In Tune with Heaven" was the title of a feast of choral and organ music which was performed at St Barnabas Church in Dulwich on Friday 17th November. This concert, which was part of the 10th anniversary of St Barnabas celebrations raised over £2,000 to support Connect.

The Salisbury Pub, Covent Garden, hosts Halloween charity night

20 October 2006

The Salisbury pub in Covent Garden raised over £200 at a Halloween charity night in support of Connect on Friday 27th October. Jas Teensa, the Salisbury's landlord, who regularly organises charity nights for Connect organised collections at the door and in the bar. The Salisbury has just won a "Pub of the Year" award and can be found at 90 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4AP Tel. 020 7836 5863.

Befrienders support people with aphasia

26 September 2006

Justine Everson had her stroke aged 29. She is now one of ten new “befrienders” who, as part of Connect's Conversation partner project, will be supporting people with aphasia at different stages of their recovery journey.

Connect's Director of Innovation receives special award

26 September 2006

We are delighted to announce that Carole Pound, Director of Innovation at Connect has been appointed a fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Connect Hydroactive 5k team exceed target!

04 September 2006

The Hydroactive Women's Challenge took place in Hyde Park on Sunday 3rd September. The event was amazing – 25,000 women ran altogether, 44 in support of Connect! The atmosphere was electric, the weather couldn't have been better and everyone really enjoyed taking part. The Connect Team's original target was £3,500 and we're delighted that it looks as if we're going to DOUBLE that target, raising an amazing £8,000!

People with aphasia empowered as volunteers

26 June 2006

On 1st June 2006 Redcross Gardens, just around the corner from the Connect London Centre, was officially reopened by HRH Princess Anne following a period of regeneration undertaken by Bankside Open Spaces Trust.

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