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This project looks at how to provide a useful and cost-effective long term service to people with aphasia at home.

A Conversation Partner scheme 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.

We currently have a network of eleven partners (NHS, voluntary agencies and universities) who collaborated in the development of the toolkit. As more people purchase the tools and training package we will expand our network of collaboration and support.  The project has increased opportunities for people with aphasia to have enjoyable conversations at home and enhances long term services available to people living with aphasia.

Our partners are:

  • Bedfordshire Heartlands NHS Trust
  • Exeter Primary Care Trust
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Plymouth Teaching Primary Care Trust
  • Portsmouth City Teaching Primary Care Trust
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • Universities at Medway, Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Greenwich joint programme.
  • University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • University of Ireland, Galway, in association with Galway PCCC, HSE Western Area
  • West of Cornwall Primary Care Trust

We have developed a two-day training and toolkit resource to enable other organisations to set up and run a volunteer-provided conversation partner service. Find out more about Running a Conversation Partner Scheme Toolkit.

Contact person: Sally McVicker

Who is involved: Sally McVicker, partners listed above and people with aphasia

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