The communication disability network Connect will shortly be releasing a new toolkit and training package for speech and language therapists who want to run conversation groups led by people with aphasia.
This is the latest step in the national charity's drive to involve people with aphasia in service development, and recognises the particular skills needed to train leaders with aphasia and keep them motivated. Having learned over the years what gives a new scheme the best chance of sustainability, Connect offers initial support and training in your own setting with a toolkit including a CD ROM with training handouts and a DVD.
The Connect website also has a number of inspiring articles which show how the charity's approach to training is bringing about real change for people with aphasia.
For more information about 'How to run peer-led conversation groups: A guide for group coordinators', e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.