Rodney Aphasia Group is a non-profit community organisation, available to people of any age with any type of aphasia, their caregivers and family members.
Our group was established in 2006 by four people with aphasia, three of whom had suffered a stroke and one was a retired Speech Language Therapist. Membership started with eight people and today has around 60 members. Guests and new members are welcome at any time.
Rodney Aphasia Group became an incorporated society in 2009 and since that time has been organised by an elected Committee. The purpose of the group is to provide support to people with aphasia, and their carers’.
Our Members are made up of people with aphasia resulting from stroke, or head injury and people with progressive conditions that also includes aphasia.
Monthly meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of every month at Rotary House, 2 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale. Meetings start at 1.30pm until around 3.00pm and include afternoon tea and regular guest speakers. Meetings are sociable, fun, informative and educational and provide people with the opportunity to meet others who are going through a similar experience.
Membership is $15 for an Individual, $20 for a Couple and includes the person with aphasia’s key carer. Membership includes attendance to monthly support meetings, resources about aphasia from the members library, guest speakers, monthly newsletters, information about other community groups, attendance to therapy programmes sponsored by The Hugh Green Foundation.
Our monthly support meetings aim to increase confidence for the person with aphasia and their caregivers, when communicating, and to provide helpful strategies for dealing with the day to day challenges of living with aphasia.
Thanks to The Hugh Green Foundation our group has been able to offer specialised courses for the last 12 years. In addition the following sponsors have supported our group and enabled us to operate: Laurie Parker Trust, Community Organisation Grant Scheme, Foundation North, Auckland City Council and Lotteries Community.