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Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Aphasia help group

Thursday, 08 April 2010
NOW WE’RE TALKING: Members of the Southend Speakability group at 
Wesley Methodist Church, in Leigh.    Picture by Mark Cleveland
NOW WE’RE TALKING: Members of the Southend Speakability group at Wesley Methodist Church, in Leigh. Picture by Mark Cleveland
A NEW group has been set up in Leigh to help and support people whose speech has been affected by Aphasia.

Aphasia, also known as Dysphasia, is the loss of speech and language after a stroke, head injury or other neurological condition.

The Speakability group, in Southend, is keen to encourage people with Aphasia to join them at their monthly meetings.

Group leader, Keith Pelling, said: “As well as losing their speech, aphasia can leave a person unable to understand what is being said to them, to read, to write, or to use numbers.

“However, the person’s intellect is not affected.

“There are more than a quarter of a million people living with this ‘hidden disability’ in the UK alone and their needs are often overlooked because they have lost the ability to ask for the help and services that we are all entitled to.”

Speakability (Action for Dysphasic Adults) is the national charity offering practical support and information to people with Aphasia, their families and carers, through a free helpline (080 8808 9572), a range of helpful publications, communication tools and training materials.

At the core of the charity is a UK-wide network of self-help groups.

These groups offer people with Aphasia a way of ensuring support for their long-term needs.

Speakability groups are led by people with Aphasia, for people with Aphasia.

The groups offer the chance for people with Aphasia to do something for themselves, practice their speech and explore other ways of communicating in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Above all, the groups can rebuild a person’s sense of empowerment and self-esteem, as well as provide an opportunity to socialise with others who understand the challenges of living with Aphasia.

The Southend Speakability group currently meets at the Wesley Methodist Church in Leigh.

The group meet once a month on a Wednesday - for more details, call Keith on 07852 422 022.

To find out more about Aphasia or donate to Speakability, call 020 7261 9572, e-mail speakability@speakability.org.uk or visit the Speakability website at www.speakability.org.uk
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