The need for our help is grow­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Royal Correspondent Becomes Patron -

Find A Voice was founded by Alastair Dutch and Joy Butcher nearly two decades ago.

It sup­ports chil­dren and adults who have a se­vere speech, lan­guage or com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­culty, and who may re­quire some form of aug­men­ta­tive and al­ter­na­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion sup­port.

This can in­clude sign­ing, sym­bols or a com­mu­ni­ca­tion aid. Sup­port is pro­vided in per­son, by tele­phone and via its web­site.

Mr Dutch said that peo­ple from across the coun­try come to them for help. He said: “We get re­quests all the time to go into the Lon­don bor­oughs. We have the de­sire to ex­pand and the need is there.

“Ev­ery time I go to an event, peo­ple come to me and say they wish they had a FAV cen­tre in Birm­ing­ham, or Manch­ester, or New­cas­tle.

“More peo­ple are liv­ing longer, and with that comes all the prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with de­men­tia, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, strokes, Alzheimer’s. This is go­ing to be a grow­ing need.

“We will do our best, and peo­ple com­ing on board like Nick will cer­tainly help.”

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