About us

Having an incident where you have aphasia is life changing. You can feel completely disconnected.

Meeting others who truly understand the difficulties of aphasia can make a huge difference to your recovery.

Our aphasia charity grew out of a speech and language therapy conversation session that offered just that. However, it became difficult to keep the group going in the NHS yet we were determined to keep their conversation group alive.

Passionate about supporting people with aphasia we set up as a charity in 2017; to offer opportunities to talk to others and share experiences, as well as raise awareness of this relatively unknown condition.

 We have merged with the charity, Say Aphasia and will continue to offer support and raise awareness of aphasia. 

Our friendly support group meets for friendship and good conversations with others who understand about aphasia.

Our Drop-In sessions offer opportunities to socialise.

It can inspire confidence for people living with aphasia as a result of stroke or brain injury. 

We continue to value our links with the local speech and language therapists and other services in the area.

We welcome new people to our group.

As a charity, we welcome donations.

All our activities are free. 

Our great team

Living with Aphasia offers purpose and meaning to members.  Their experience of aphasia is valued.

Our charity is led by people with aphasia, volunteers and trustees.

Our social media is run by people with aphasia.  



Barbara Chalk

Barbara is passionate about building up friendships and support for people with aphasia. Barbara worked as a Speech and Language Therapist before setting up the charity and becoming the Chair of Trustees in 2017.


Emily Cane

Emily was 25 years old when she suffered from a severe stroke in 2017. She runs our Social media and is a fantastic voice for people with aphasia. Em has always lived by her favourite catchphrase 'always remember to sparkle and shine!'. Emily hopes she can spread a little of this through this amazing charity!

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Andrew Kemp

As the former chief executive of the British Polio Fellowship, Andrew is keen to put his skills and experience to use by improving opportunities for people living with and affected by aphasia.

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Nicola Harding

Nicola heads the Speech and Language service for Exeter, East Devon and Mid Devon. She formed the group as an NHS service nearly 15 years ago and many of the original founding members are still involved today.

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Dr Paul Mudd

Paul is a Consultant Physician in Stroke and Older Persons’ Medicine at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital as well as our treasurer trustee.