Centre for Brain Research

Gavel Club

Working together to improve lives


More than Words 

Gavel Clubs are associated with Toastmasters International, and have many of the same aims, such as improved communication, confidence, and leadership development.

The Centre for Brain Research Gavel Club is called ‘More than Words’, and is designed for the needs of adults with aphasia.

Aphasia is an impairment of language, which affects the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. 

Aphasia usually results from a stroke, particularly in older individuals, however it can also be caused by traumatic brain injury or tumours

Our members work really hard at improving their communication skills, but we are always grateful for volunteer assistance during meetings, in the form of either communication support or by providing hospitality.

Research on aphasia shows that talking skills can improve with practice, and the Gavel Club exists to provide an opportunity to practice in the company of others living with the same impairments.

In addition to improvements in speech, members build confidence, gain leadership skills, and form friendships. We have a number of research projects currently underway.  

The Gavel Club is also attended by qualified speech language therapists, Speech Language Therapy postgraduate students, spouses of members, and volunteers from Toastmasters International. Enquiries from new members with aphasia are welcome with a speech-language therapist written referral. Referrals will be considered by the Gavel Club speech-language therapy team. If the person with aphasia is not currently receiving speech-language therapy services, please contact us via email.

If you are interested in joining, making a referral, or would like advice on setting up a gavel club in your area, please watch the following video and contact us.


About 'More than Words'


Timetable and contact details

Where we meet: Tamaki Campus, University of Auckland, 261 Morrin Road.

When we meet: Weekly on a Friday during university term time, 10am-12pm.

Contact: +64 09 923 6886 or +64 09 923 2726

Email: cbrgavelclub@auckland.ac.nz


*For more information on aphasia, please visit Aphasia NZ


Gavel Club brochure and resources

Gavel Club brochure
For more information, please see our brochure. (3.3 MB, PDF)

The following resources are available to purchase via the contact information at the bottom of the page.

Gavel Club resource book
(101.6 kB, PDF)
Gavel Club handbook
(100.5 kB, PDF)