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Strokes: Voluntary Organisations

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department provides to voluntary sector organisations working with people with communication difficulties following stroke. (191821)

The Department is currently funding two Section 64 three-year projects that started in 2007-08.

Connect—the Communication Disability Network is the organisation leading on The Enabling New Connections project (now renamed Connect-ed). The project's overall aim is to explore and demonstrate how to forge a diverse, sustainable, self care community for people living with aphasia.

Thrive is the charity that is leading on the Just 20! project (now renamed Just 30! project) The objectives of the project are to provide a simple pocket guide with information on the benefits of gardening and other step-by-step activities, which would support improvements in health for those recovering from a stroke or from heart conditions.