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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.

Over 70 people with aphasia and their carers attended the event, championing the wide range of Connect services that now operate across the region.

'How Connect made a difference' - people with aphasia perform in 'HMS Aphasia'

HMS aphasia

As part of the celebrations, people with aphasia performed a moving play called ‘HMS Aphasia’. The heartfelt performance demonstrated what a difference Connect has made for people with aphasia in Cornwall.

Claire Acton-Page, who has aphasia after a stroke, summed up the value of the project, saying ‘The service provided by Connect has done me the power of good. I have more confidence in everything I do now.’

The Cornwall service began as a project called ‘Access to Life’ in 2006 and is currently commissioned by Cornwall Council Adult Social Care and the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust. Programmes across the region now include conversation groups, home and hospital befriending schemes and aphasia hubs, where groups of people with aphasia meet to influence and improve local service provision.

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At the Lanhydrock Hotel celebration

The way forward

Professor Roger Boyle, National Director of Heart Disease & Stroke, is a Connect trustee. He said, ‘The ‘life after stroke’ service provided by Connect in Cornwall is one of the most advanced in the country and demonstrates how health and social care services can work together to provide a cost-effective service that enables people with aphasia to ‘reconnect’ again’.

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