Speakeasy is a specialist aphasia charity based in Ramsbottom, Bury. A range of professionals and volunteers are involved to help in delivering support and therapeutic activity to people with aphasia and their families. All staff work part time: creatively and flexibly, involving volunteers where possible to ensure delivery of a high quality and efficient service which meets our members needs.
In 1985 Speakeasy was established by speech and language therapist Stephanie Holland in Fairfield
Hospital to provide therapy for people with aphasia. Over the last 3 decades it has developed and overcome the challenges faced by the changes in Health Services and approaches to therapy and support.
Now Speakeasy exists for people with aphasia and their carers, providing activity from within the community, working within an approach which focuses on developing and enhancing skills.
All Speakeasy members are people with aphasia or are friends and relatives of people who have aphasia. Some carers get help from Speakeasy without their partners. Anyone who needs help can make contact directly; it is not necessary to have a referral by a doctor or therapist. Members can choose which activities they want from Speakeasy. Some members come regularly at least once a week; some come along for special projects or courses. Other people come to annual events or social trips on a less frequent basis. People choose what it is best for them!