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Connect earns Big Lottery Fund support

13 November 2012

Connect has received funding to support its outreach programme – creating peer-led opportunities for people living with aphasia in their local communities.

The success and quality of Connect's work has been recognised with a grant of £269,555 over 5 years to support its outreach programme. The grant will help to build a network of community support for people living with aphasia.

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest Lottery distributor, and aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.

Connect's first outreach project, a drop-in service in Canterbury, opened in September 2011 and a further drop-in group in Oxford followed in 2012. Both groups were set up and are led by local people with aphasia supported by Connect and continue to go from strength to strength.

The Big Lottery Fund will enable Connect to build sustainable projects in other parts of the UK, by forging successful partnerships between Connect, local people living with aphasia and healthcare professionals.

Connect’s chief executive, Sally McVicker was 'thrilled' to hear about the grant, adding 'this funding will enable Connect to make a huge difference to the lives of people living with aphasia.

'Our outreach work is all about creating opportunities for people living with aphasia in their local communities, and supporting them to build confidence and escape the isolation communication disability can cause. The support of the Big Lottery Fund will be vital in helping us do this, and to give our pioneering work the widest possible reach.'

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