Pop-up cafe for stroke survivors with aphasia

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Volunteers singing Christmas carols and engaging participants at the Chit Chat Cafe session. The cafe is open one Saturday a month and orders are paid for with free vouchers issued to those who attend. Ms Evelyn Khoo (in red), who started Chit Chat C
Ms Evelyn Khoo (in red), who started Chit Chat Cafe, interacting with participants last Saturday. Chit Chat Cafe enables people with aphasia to practise communication in an understanding environment, which could aid recovery. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Volunteers singing Christmas carols and engaging participants at the Chit Chat Cafe session. The cafe is open one Saturday a month and orders are paid for with free vouchers issued to those who attend. Ms Evelyn Khoo (in red), who started Chit Chat C
Volunteers singing Christmas carols and engaging participants at the Chit Chat Cafe session. The cafe is open one Saturday a month and orders are paid for with free vouchers issued to those who attend. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
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Ms Evelyn Khoo, 41, runs a pop-up cafe with an unusual concept.

It is open just one Saturday a month, at a different location each time, and charges no money - orders are paid for in free vouchers issued to customers as they enter.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2018, with the headline Pop-up cafe for stroke survivors with aphasia. Subscribe