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Helping people with aphasia. Where we work

Drop-in

Connect drop-ins are run by people with aphasia who know what it is like to live with this communication disability. Come on your own or with a friend or partner. Meet others, relax, be yourself. Connect has drop-ins in Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Canterbury, Christchurch, London – Southwark, London – Wandsworth, Oxford, Warrington and Weymouth.

We have moved!

Our London office is now located at St Alphege Hall, King's Bench Street, Southwark, London, SE1 0QX.  Our phone number has remained 020 7367 0840.

St Alphege Hall, King's Bench Street

St Alphege Hall, King's Bench Street, London, SE1 0QX

About Connect

Connect is a charity for people living with aphasia, a communication disability which usually occurs after stroke or brain injury.

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Two new drop-in groups in Dorset

Big Lottery Fund

New drop-in sessions for people living with aphasia in the Weymouth and Christchurch area.  Christchurch started on Tuesday 4 March and runs on every first and third Tuesday of the month. Weymouth started on Wednesday 19 March and runs on every first and third Wednesday of the month.

Drop-in is led by people with aphasia, so come along and relax over tea and coffee. Click here for the details.

About aphasia

Being able to communicate is something most of us take for granted.

Communication is part of our lives. It helps make and maintain relationships; It helps us work, learn and explore and keep in touch with the world.  We also understand our past and make plans for our future using communication.

Communication helps us to be a person and to take part in life and all its opportunities.  Aphasia breaks down that communication.

Each person with aphasia experiences it differently. Some people cannot speak at all; some people have just a few words. Others can no longer read, write or use numbers.

With aphasia everyday activities such as having a conversation, answering the phone, watching television, may suddenly become a source of profound frustration and anxiety. It affects the person with aphasia and their families, friends and carers too.

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The difference Connect makes

At Connect, we work alongside people with aphasia and their families to develop communication and rebuild confidence.  People with aphasia tell us that this is crucial to recovery. 

We know that aphasia is not 'fixable'. Experience has taught us that it can be 'liveable'. Through our services people with aphasia gain confidence and explore new possibilities and choices. People who come to Connect take on new roles and educate themselves and others about communication disability and life.  Connect offers information, events, publications, training, raises awareness, influences policy makers and supports and undertakes research.

Quotes from people involved with Connect

The difference you can make

Connect is building a community of people with aphasia supporting each other; Help us extend our reach to meet local need.

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Connect - the communication disability network is a registered charity no 1081740 and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales no. 3897534

UK Stroke Forum - Carer representative wanted

The UK Stroke Forum is looking for a carer representative to join three existing representatives on the Conference Scientific Programme Committee.  The representative will contribute to the planning and development of the UKSF programme, helping to organise sessions and attending various key meetings.

Giving Tuesday

Connect took part in the exciting nationwide day of charitable action - Giving Tuesday - on 2nd December. We spent the day celebrating poetry and prose written and chosen by people with aphasia - you can read the selections here

Outreach projects for people with aphasia continue to prosper

Connect's outreach projects, led by people with aphasia for people with aphasia, continue to develop around the country. Read more here.

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YOU can make a difference

There are many ways you can support Connect. Make a regular donation, become a Connect fundraiser or make a lasting difference and remember Connect in your will.

Help us raise awareness of aphasia

'Like' us on facebook, 'follow' us on Twitter. Post, share, like or comment. Tweet or re-tweet. Get involved! Together we can raise awareness of aphasia and the impact on peoples lives.

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Connect Newsletters

Aphasia News

Keep in touch with Connect through our regular newsletters. Sign up to receive your FREE copy here.

 

Download your free Aphasia Information Pack

Click here to download your pack (Booklet, Flyer and DVD)

Miguel de Sampaio

'Put simply, Connect gave me my life back'.
Miguel de Sampaio

BBC Radio Four

Sharon Smith tells her story on BBC Woman's Hour. Find out more and listen again

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simon

'Aphasia can make you feel very isolated and alone. Connect helps me to be involved and a part of the community again'.
Simon Prior