Say Aphasia is a local charity that supports people living with aphasia. Aphasia is a communication disability which occurs when the communication centres of the brain are damaged. It is usually caused by stroke, but can be caused by brain haemorrhage, head injury or braintumours. Aphasia affects people differently – some people are unable to speak at all, others may have difficulty finding the right word to say or have difficulty reading, writing or using numbers. The emotional, social impact of having a communication difficulty can be huge, affecting relationships, employment, education, social lives, and confidence.
Say Aphasia offer a weekly drop-in group based in Sussex. The group is open for anyone with aphasia to attend. The group provides an opportunity to socialise and meet other people experiencing similar challenges with communication.
Everyday activities such as having a conversation, answering the ‘phone, taking a bus journey, watching TV, may suddenly become a source of frustration and anxiety for the person with aphasia and for their families, friends and carers.
Say Aphasia offer a unique service for people with aphasia through our weekly drop-in group based in Sussex. A unique feature of the group is that the sessions are facilitated by people with aphasia, and supported by trained volunteers. No other such service exists in the local area. The group is a place to relax, exchange ideas and experiences, and meet people who understand. The drop-in helps people to make new friends, gain confidence and practise their speaking, reading and writing skills without any pressure or judgement. Some people may not have the support at home and so having these groups can significantly help their recovery process.