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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.

Picture of people at Access to Life launch

People with aphasia and their relatives exchange ideas about stroke services

On Monday, the largest gathering of participants in the project – people living with stroke and aphasia, health and social care providers as well as partners and funders came together at the Eden project to meet one another, share ideas and experiences, make suggestions and discuss all aspects of this innovative project.

Maggie Scott, Nurse Consultant in Stroke for Cornwall, talked about her perspective on the project and said “Cornwall is proud to be the first site to develop a model of outstanding services for people with aphasia that can be rolled out across Cornwall and then the rest of the country”.

This exciting new initiative is based on a multi-agency partnership between Connect, The Royal Cornwall NHS Trust, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust, Adult Social Care and The Stroke Association. The project will also collaborate with other organisations already providing services that people with aphasia could benefit from. People with aphasia are fully involved at every stage to ensure that the development and delivery of services so that the end result fits their needs.

Mike Langshaw, Commissioning and Partnerships Officer for Adult Social Care in Cornwall said “The importance of the involvement of people with aphasia and their carers cannot be stressed too much. We look forward to the next three years and have great expectations of the project”.

This project was the brainchild of Connect who also raised the £900,000 required to make it happen. The funders include The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust, The Duchy Health Charity and the Lanvern Foundation.

“The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia is delighted to be associated with Access to Life and to help fund this ambitious project.” said Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford, chairman of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia.  “'As the only grant-making trust that focuses solely on aphasia in the UK we found this a very exciting project and we hope it will provide many more opportunities and services for people with aphasia, and their families, in Cornwall”.

The Eden Project donated use of their gallery to hold the event.  Founder Tim Smit, dropped in to welcome everyone and gave a brief inspirational account of how his father coped after his stroke.

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Access to Life in the Press

Bulletin, the publication for Speech and Language Therapists, published an article about the launch in the January 2007 mid-month edition. Print off your own copy below.

Bulletin Front Page about Access to Life Jan 2007 issue (344 kb)