2010 was our tenth anniversary year. Here are some reflections and thoughts from people with aphasia and supporters about the difference Connect has made in our first ten years.
Connect's culture of working in partnership with service users is an inspiration, and I look forward to seeing more Connect's model of support in the next decade.
Professor Roger Boyle, former National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke
Connect has made me what I am now. More confident. Happier. It's part of my life. Connect has restored me.
Sharon Smith who has aphasia
It has been a pleasure to watch Connect develop over the last ten years. Connect seems to 'fill the gap', and offers services that people with aphasia really want and need.
Kay Glendinning, former Chair of Dunhill Medical Trust
It's enlightened my life. It's given me drive.
Ken Cording, who has aphasia
Put simply, Connect gave me my life back.
Miguel de Sampaio, who has aphasia
Aphasia can make you feel very isolated and alone. Connect helps me to be involved and a part of the community again.
Simon Prior, who has aphasia
It's magic. We are 'allowed' to speak here. We have everything to get going.
Jane Stokes, who has aphasia
It's a necessity - for life.
Bill Hickman, who has aphasia