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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.

people who are running conversation partner schemes

Eleven participants from university departments and NHS SLT departments all have one thing in common around the country – they are piloting a 'Conversation Partner' scheme, a system which aims to train and support volunteers to visit people living with aphasia in their own homes for the purpose of having supported conversation. This cost-effective scheme aims to extend and enhance existing provision to people with aphasia.

Nine of the pilot group, together with participants who are considering setting up a scheme, from as far afield as Plymouth, Cardiff, Manchester and Norwich, came together at Connect this week. They reported on how the schemes are going, talked through the issues and challenges and worked on ways to make the scheme even more effective.

Sally McVicker, Project Lead, who led the group said 'I feel really excited that so many organisations are now successfully running a conversation partner scheme. There has been a real buzz today and it's great to hear such positive feedback'

The group highlighted a need for a 'quality marker' and accreditation to encourage others to take the scheme on board and emphasised the benefits of establishing a regular network for mutual support, innovation and quality assurance.

If you would like to set up a Conversation Partner scheme, see our training course 'Running a Conversation Partner' scheme. Find out more about background to this work in 'Reaching Out'

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