Connect is a charity that runs a commissioned service in Wandsworth for people living with aphasia.

Aphasia is a communication disability that can result most commonly from a stroke but also from a head injury. Aphasia affects the communication centres of the brain and can vary in severity, some cannot speak at all, some only have a few words, others have difficulty with understanding, reading or writing.

Connect services are available to those living within Wandsworth or who are registered at a Wandsworth GP surgery. The services offer long-term support and are a way to bring people with aphasia together. They are as follows:

Befriending service
A befriender who themselves has had a stroke and has aphasia can offer support to those who have more recently been diagnosed. Befrienders visit at home or in hospital for up to 6 sessions. The visits can be beneficial at a time of transition, i.e. following discharge home or when looking at joining a group, a day centre, etc.

Conversation group
A social group for people with aphasia who would like to build their confidence by discussing different conversation topics and communicating with new people. The group is led by people with aphasia and communication support is provided by volunteers. The group meets on Mondays from 10:30am to 12.30pm at St Barnabas Church on Lavender Gardens in Clapham Junction.

Conversation partner scheme
Trained volunteers visit isolated individuals at home or in a care home on a weekly basis over a period of 6 months. They offer ‘supported conversation’, a chance for one-to-one chats and companionship. The volunteer could provide invaluable support to those who are unable to access out-patient services and therapy input has come to the end.

To discuss the service further, please contact Nathalie Trepel, Wandsworth Service Coordinator on 0207 367 0874 or

If you would like to make a referral, please click here for an accessible referral form along with an information leaflet.


12:00, 14 Jan 2013 by Zainab Sati