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Support Meetings

Support meetings (which AphasiaNZ calls Aphasia Hubs) provide an opportunity to share experiences and have open discussions with those with and affected by aphasia.  Carers, family members, friends and professionals are welcome too.  

A person who knows about aphasia and can provide you with support facilitates most meetings.  The meetings can also include guest speakers and local updates and information, training and communication techniques, and other topics of interest.  The meetings are free of charge, but a koha (donation) is welcome and will help us to continue to provide support.

Hub meetings are running in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and Dunedin. A Tauranga Aphasia Club is running in Tauranga South.

Auckland Hub meetings and activities

Auckland Aphasia Hub meetings are held at the University of Auckland (Tamaki Campus) and feature guest speakers and/or topics.  Dates and speakers/topics will be advised here.

North Auckland: Shore Talk at Massey University, Albany.

Every Wednesday until December 5th 2018: 10am-12pm.

Click here for more information about Shore Talk.

South Auckland: Korero Club at the Manurewa Cosomopolitan Club (on Alfriston Road).

Every Thursday morning at 10.30am.  Click here for the details.

West Auckland: An aphasia information and education session was held in Henderson earlier this year.  We are working to offer a regular group/session for people in West Auckland - check back soon for more information.

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What's on in Auckland for people with aphasia?  Click here for a comprehensive list of what's available in the Auckland area.

Contact aucklandcs@aphasia.org.nz with any questions about South or Central Auckland activities, or aucklandnw@aphasia.org.nz about activities on the North Shore or West Auckland.

Christchurch Hub meetings and activities

Weekly on Mondays, alternating between coffee and conversation and Korero Club.  Meetings are held at the RSA in Papanui.

Click here for information about Christchurch activities.

Dates for the rest of 2018:

November: 5th (Korero Club); 12th (coffee group); 19th (Korero Club); 26th (coffee group)

December: 3rd (last Korero Club for 2018); 10th (last coffee group for 2018); 17th Christmas party (for Korero Club and coffee group attendees)


Wellington Hub meetings and activities

Meetings are held at the Johnsonville Community Centre, on the first Wednesday of the month (Aphasia Hub) and third Wednesday of the month (Conversation Club). Meetings start at 10.15am.  Dates for meetings in 2018 are available by clicking here.

For information about November and December activities, email wellington@aphasia.org.nz

Kapiti Aphasia Combo.  A monthly group for those affected by aphasia in and near the Kapiti/ Paraparaumu areas (but others from Wellington welcome too).  Click here for information.

Click here for the Wellington Aphasia Community flyer. Email Stephen for more information by clicking here.

The Wellington Aphasia Community also has a Facebook page!  Click here and 'like' the page for updates and information.

Dunedin Hub meetings and activities

Fortnightly on Fridays from 10.30am-12pm at the Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre.

2018 dates are available by clicking here.

Please email Alison for more information.  New attendees welcome!


Other Meetings and Support for People with Aphasia

Gore Area Aphasia Group (GAAG)

Meets monthly for communication practice in a safe environment, for mutual support, and to exchange ideas.  Refreshments are provided.  The group is for people with aphasia and support people are welcome too.  Anyone in the Gore area including Tapanui, Balclutha, and Invercargill is welcome to attend.

Click here for more information about meeting days, and the venue.

Tauranga

There are a number of activities for people affected by aphasia in the Tauranga area. Click below for more information:

The Brain Wave Singers

Communication Group

Email tauranga@aphasia.org.nz for more information.

Lower Hutt

A group of people affected by aphasia, and their partners/spouses, meets every Thursday fortnight from 10.30am-12pm at the Lower Hutt Seventh Day Adventist Church Community Centre on Witako Street. The group conducts brain exercises, quizzes, and board games. Bring along something for morning tea. For more details about meetings 2017, email us.

Nelson

Monthly aphasia support group meetings are held in Nelson, in conjunction with the Stroke Foundation. Get in touch with us for more information.

Christchurch Aphasia Carer's Coffee Group

A group of people with partners/spouses or loved ones with aphasia meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at the Dux Dine Cafe / Restaurant, 28 Riccarton Rd, Riccarton. For more information, please email us.

Rodney Aphasia Group (RAG)

Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 1.30pm-3pm at Rotary House in Silverdale (north of Auckland City).  New members are welcome.  Meetings are held for sharing, education, and companionship, and members have the opportunity to attend a range of short courses and/or rehabilitation programmes, aimed at improving communication for people with aphasia.  Some courses are also available for spouses and caregivers.  For more details, please email us.

We are continually updating a directory of support meetings for people affected by aphasia in New Zealand - please check back for regular updates.

New Meetings

If you would like a meeting in your area or region then contact us and we will try to make arrangements to get meetings and a network up and running.

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