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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.

Auckland Hub meetings and activities

2018 dates for Auckland Aphasia Hub meetings (on Wednesdays every 2 months, at the University of Auckland (Tamaki Campus):

20th June - 15th August - 17th October

Check back here soon for information about Auckland Hub meetings.

North Auckland: Shore Talk Gavel Club at Sunnybrae Bowling Club.

GROUP CURRENTLY ON HOLD.

Click here for the Shore Talk flyer. For more information click here.

South Auckland: Korero Club at the RSA in Manurewa.

Every Thursday morning.  Click here for the details.

Click here for more information about the Korero Club.

West Auckland: An aphasia information and education session was held in Henderson on February 7th.

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 aphasianzauckland@gmail.com with any questions about Auckland activities.

Christchurch Hub meetings and activities

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

Email Georgia Holibar our Christchurch CAA on aphasianzchristchurch@gmail.com for details about Christchurch activities.

Have a look here for information about Gavel Club, and here for other information.

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.

APRIL WELLINGTON ACTIVITIES - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

Kapiti Aphasia Combo.  A NEW monthly group for those affected by aphasia in and near the Kapiti / Paraparaumu areas.  Click here for information.

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:

April: 6th and 20th

May: 4th and 18th

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

The BOP Gavel Club

Communication Group

Contact our Tauranga Community Aphasia Advisor, Kate Milford, by emailing her on aphasianztauranga@gmail.com

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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