Following a visit to an aphasia support group in Hove, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has praised the important contribution to local residents of the new service.
While visiting a new drop-in centre in Hove, Mike was interested to learn that one in three people who have a stroke lose their ability to communicate. This condition is known as ‘aphasia’ and can lead to isolation and depression. There are 50,000 new cases of aphasia a year.
Residents living with aphasia are invited to drop-in at the Vallance Community Centre in Hove from 10:30-13:00 to relax over tea and coffee and meet other like-minded people. Future drop-ins will take place on the first and third Friday of each month. Sessions are free, and friends and family of those with aphasia are also welcome.
The first session, which Mike attended, took place on Friday 4th October. Hosted by Connect, the communication disability network, and supported by the Big Lottery Fund, drop-ins are led by people with aphasia and supported by trained staff and volunteers. For more information, click here.
Commenting, Mike said: “I was very pleased to be invited along to the launch of this excellent new drop-in service for people with aphasia. Given how isolating the condition can be, I am sure that the aphasia group will be welcomed by those living with it, as well as their friends and family.”