£5,000 cash boost for University Centre thanks to Westfield Health

Graham Moore at the Aphasia Centre, UoS

A University Centre which specialises in providing support to people who live with a life-altering condition, has received £5,000 from Westfield Health.

The Aphasia Centre at the University of Sheffield supports people who live with aphasia, a condition whose sufferers face problems understanding and using language, usually occurring after a stroke. Thanks to the donation, the centre will be able to provide more assessment and therapy materials, and software and technology for participants to use.

People with aphasia have difficulty with spoken and written language, and most of the time they are unable to work so often feel isolated. They may not fully understand what other people say and can struggle to express themselves as they want to. The speech and language therapists will use the new equipment to directly support people in rebuilding their confidence and communication ability.

Forming part of the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, participants in the centre practise conversation with student speech and language therapists in the onsite café, and work directly on specific communication skills. Participants also work on their communication skills via the internet, text messages and hold video conversations on Skype.

Dr Ruth Herbert, who oversees the Centre at the University of Sheffield, said: “On behalf of the people who attend the centre I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Westfield Health for their generous donation. The new materials and technology will help us to make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives.”

Graham Moore, Chairman of Westfield Health, said: “We are delighted to be able to help the Aphasia Centre in the work they do to support people living with the condition. The donation will help make a difference in people’s lives – building up their confidence and communication ability. It’s something we’re very proud to support and we hope this donation will help more people in the future.”

For more information on the Aphasia Centre visit their website, or contact Dr Ruth Herbert at r.herbert@sheffield.ac.uk or on 0114 222 2403.

Click here to find out more about the Westfield Health Charitable Trust.

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