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Community groups for communication difficulties

These groups are for adults with a condition that affects their ability to speak and communicate.

Aphasia Coffee and Conversation Group

Support group that meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 10.30 am at Papanui RSA.

Contact: Annette Rotherham, email aphasianzchristchurch@gmail.com.

Aphasia PAs (formerly the Aphasia Carer's Group)

Contact: Louise Ogden, email r.l.ogden@clear.net.nz.

Cantabrainers Choir

Cantabrainers Choir is a choir for people with conditions such as Parkinson disease, stroke and multiple sclerosis. Participating in Cantabrainers Choir helps people improve their voice and communication through singing and socialising. You can contact the Cantabrainers Choir by email.

The choir meets during school terms, every Wednesday from 10 am to 11.45 am at the Mary Potter Community Centre, 442 Durham St North. There's a charge of $10 for each session.

Christchurch Aphasia Gavel Club

Support group that meets on the first and third Monday of each month at the Papanui RSA.

Contact: Annette Rotherham, email aphasianzchristchurch@gmail.com

Parkinson's Communication Group

Contact: Kirstie Kohler, phone (03) 337‑7870.

St John of God Halswell

Groups for the under-65s, with a communication focus.

Contact: Sue Coombe, phone (03) 338‑2009.

Stroke Foundation stroke clubs

Communication sub groups of stroke clubs provided for people aged under 65. Available in the City (Nova Place), Hornby, Mairehau (St Albans Shirley Club), and Rangiora. Meetings take place one to two times a month. Contact a Stroke Field Officer for more information.

Contact: Ellen Nijhof, email ellen.talkative@xtra.co.nz or phone (03) 381‑8500.

University of Canterbury

Short-term communication groups run by students.

Contact: Chris Wyles, email christine.wyles@canterbury.ac.nz.

Young stroke survivors coffee group

Meets on the last Tuesday of each month at Merivale McDonald's. For more information contact the Stroke Foundation.

Contact: Stroke Foundation, phone (03) 381‑8500.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2016.

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