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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

2017 dates (on Wednesdays starting at 10.30am, at the University of Auckland (Tamaki Campus):

18th October: Mapura Studios (art therapy).  To be held in Cafe Europa, Bldg. 733, Level 2

December meeting details TBA

We also have some new groups around Auckland / Tamaki Makaurau:

North Auckland: Shore Talk at St Peter's Church Hall, Takapuna.

Connect with others with aphasia, and increase your confidence in communicating. Connect, share. communicate!

Dates for 2017:

Wed Oct 11th information meeting from 10.00 – 11.30am

Wed Nov 8th 10.00 – 11.30am

Wed Dec 13th 10.00 – 11.30am

Break for Christmas – meetings resume February 2018

Click here for information about Shore Talk.

Shore Talk flyer.

South Auckland: Korero Club at the RSA in Manurewa.

Click here for information about the Korero Club.

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

Contact Melinda on 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.

Schedule of meetings for July - December 2017 available here.

Email aphasianzchristchurch@gmail.com for more information or if you have any questions 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 and more information is available by clicking here.

September meeting dates are below.  Click here to find out what's on in September in the Wellington region.

4th October - Aphasia Hub

11th October - Kapiti Aphasia Combo.  A NEW support group for those in and near the Kapiti / Paraparaumu areas.  Click here for information.

18th October - Conversation Club

25th October - Field trip

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.

October: 13th and 27th

November: 10th and 24th

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 new and exciting 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: 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 / 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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