Dear Group members,

UK Stroke Assembly, 31st May – 1st June 2013

The annual UK Stroke Assembly is organised by The Stroke Association, along with Stroke Club Consultation Group, Speakability, and NIHR Stroke Research Network.  This year it takes place on Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June.

This event gives people affected by stroke an opportunity to have their say on the issues that affect them.  It brings together people who have experienced a stroke, carers, stroke charities and researchers.  The messages that come out of the Assembly will be passed on to decision makers and those working in the field of stroke.

The UK Stroke Assembly has run for the last two years and has been extremely successful.  Some Speakability Group members have attended the event and we very much hope that more Group members will wish to come along this year.

Melanie Derbyshire, Chief Executive of Speakability, along with Speakability Group members, will be running two workshops on Aphasia at this year’s event.

Every ticket is subsidised and Speakability will be helping with this as we are on the Steering Committee for the event.

Ticket bookings will open on 11th March.  Booking forms will be available on the UK Stroke Assembly website at http://www.strokeassembly.org.uk/content/about-uk-stroke-assembly.

To give you a feel for what the UK Stroke Assembly is all about, take a few minutes to watch the following film from last year’s event: http://www.strokeassembly.org.uk/

Look out for Speakability Kendal Group member, Christine Adams, who is interviewed on the film (twice!).

I have attached a flyer with further information about this year’s UK Stroke Assembly.


Speakability Videos


Speakability now has two videos on YouTube, which we hope will help to raise awareness of Aphasia and the valuable work that Speakability does in support of people with Aphasia.  The link to the videos is: http://www.youtube.com/user/Speakability1?feature=watch.  One of the films (made in 2003) features Andrew Marr, who you probably know had a stroke just a few weeks ago.  We understand that he is making good progress in his recovery.

Please do pass the link to your friends and help us to get Aphasia recognised as a disability in its own right.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please do get in touch.

Best wishes,



Lindsey Coleman

Aphasia Services Co-ordinator

Speakability (Action for Dysphasic Adults)

Registered Charity in England and Wales (No. 295094) and in Scotland (SC042671)

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Tel: 020 7261 9572



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