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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.

Marian Jennings, who's role at Connect is Project Lead – Making Connections, seeks out local organisations who want to work with volunteers with disabilities. Marian said “volunteering with local organisations is a great way to re-connect with life again and gain confidence. In some cases it can be a stepping-stone to returning to paid work. Local organisations and charities often need volunteers and volunteers welcome the chance to work - so everyone wins. Making relationships with local organisations and volunteer centres is just one way that stroke service provision can extend choices and opportunities for people with aphasia”

Southwark Star Emmanuel Godis

Emmanuel with his "Southwark Star" award

You can see a video of Emmanuel on the Patient Voices website. Scroll down the page and click on "New Beginnings". (This link will take you out of the Connect website).

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