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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.

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia and the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust have granted Connect £430,000 for the second phase of their Access to Life project which is a strategic part of Connect’s work in supporting people living with aphasia.

This grant will help the organisation promote and develop tried and tested Connect services across England, giving people living with aphasia the opportunity to access the support they need to reconnect with life. Crucially, these services meet many of the important ‘Life after Stroke’ quality markers identified in The National Stroke Strategy.

By partnering with people living with aphasia, local NHS trusts, speech and language therapy departments, the Directorate of Social Care and with input from other voluntary and charitable organisations, the ‘Access to Life’ model has developed a unique range of peer-led services to support people living with aphasia.  The pilot was so successful that it led to the joint commissioning of the services by Cornwall County Council and the Cornwall and Scilly Isles NHS Trust for a further two years.

This ground-breaking project is the blueprint for the extension of services country-wide that will be supported by the grant. These services centre on people living with aphasia using their knowledge and experience  to support others with aphasia. 

Find out more about and download the final evaluation report visit Access to Life Project in Cornwall

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