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The difference we make

The impact of our work:

  • People with aphasia say they are less socially isolated and excluded
  • People with aphasia and their relatives say they are able to 'reconnect' with life
  • People with aphasia say they are better able to access, participate in and enjoy their local communities
  • Community organisations and public service providers are more able to open up opportunities for people with aphasia

The impact of our training:

  • Each year we train and demonstrate our work to over 1000 health professionals who work with people living with aphasia. This enhances stroke services, rehabilitation and community services.
  • We have over 100 people with aphasia who are 'training together' trainers who demonstrate to health providers, the best way to communicate to people with aphasia. This means greater skills and confidence amongst health and social care providers.
  • More people with aphasia are genuinely involved in taking control of their own recovery, gaining skills and confidence in developing and delivering services and influencing change by helping to develop effective long-term services across the UK
  • More service providers, people with aphasia and their families are equipped with skills, tools and techniques that work in the real world.

The impact of our publications:

The National Stroke Strategy identifies that access to information during stroke recovery is vital. Our publications are now used countrywide in hospitals and community settings to support people with aphasia and their relatives who need to know important information about aphasia and how to cope with living with aphasia.

The impact of our consultancy and collaboration:

  • Key decision makers are beginning to learn about aphasia  like never before and are including it in policy making.  A great example of this is The National Stroke Strategy, a 10 year plan for stroke services and stroke rehabilitation.

 

  • Connect supports Service providers across the UK to transform their services they provide to people with aphasia – encouraging them to understand the issues of people with aphasia are and how to involve them in the process of change.