Whoever would have thought that Lego could be used so creatively! One of our wonderful artist from Magic Carpet is holding a one off creative session for Living with Aphasia on Thursday 23rd May. We’ll be thinking about how our environment and city might look – what would our ideal future look like? How could we make a world that is good for people with aphasia! Sounds like a great idea!
We’re all about helping and having a good chat to make you feel good. We recently purchased an Ipad and uploaded photos of the things we are getting up to.
It’s been amazing how much we use it to share stories, learn about others and start off conversations.
For example, Andi found it helped him to understand what our charity has done in the past. He looked through our section on our raising awareness, fundraising and activity pages. Adam also found it helpful to know who everyone was and it helped him with finding the names of everybody. Ian found it useful to start off a chat with a new person to the group.
It’s been amazing how it’s got conversations going with people with aphasia!
Living with Aphasia is overwhelmed by the support of business in our area.
Great conversations for people with aphasia need some support. Finding words can be tricky. Props such as magazines and photographs can make communication easier and less frustrating for everyone.
How fabulous that local businesses are willing to help us out. W.H Smith will provide magazines for our Conversation Drop In Group. In addition, Apple have helped set up our new IPad. They will offer support for us with everything IT! Making a difference and spreading the word about aphasia in Exeter and Devon!
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We are delighted to announce our connection to Say Aphasia, a charity in Brighton.
Led by Colin Lyall, SayAphasia is a thriving group of people making a difference for the lives of people with this frustrating and little known condition in the Sussex area.
They have groups in Hove, Chicester and Crawley.
With the closure of the Connect charity in 2016 many Aphasia support groups all over the country have been left with no help, support or infrastructure. SayAphasia wants to change that.
They have linked with the Sheffield Aphasia group and now we are affiliated too! Our network and connection of support is growing across the country!
Read all about our news on the quarterly SayAphasia newsletter.
See more about what we do at Living with Aphasia
Our first block of art sessions has been great fun!
The sessions were led by Stuart from Magic Carpet. We produced some fantastic collage work over the four weeks. The collage started with simple design and over the weeks became more complex. People have amazed themselves in their creative abilities! It has been a great opportunity for quiet contemplation and expression of ideas and thoughts in artistic ways. We are looking forward to our next block of Aphasia Art!
The Sing Aphasia gang performs again at Mardon Rehabilitation Centre Summer Fete and thanks so much for the invitation to show off our singing skills!
We are lucky to work closely with the team at Mardon for many of our activities. Simon, who is currently staying at Mardon, has been practicing furiously and giving Mardon staff sneak previews of his performance before hand! On the day it was great, Simon!
What a great time we all had! It was the first performance of Emily’s Aphasia song, “A Wordy Mixed Up World” and lovely to have the audience joining in. We were also sad to say goodbye to our amazing volunteer, Benita. Her support and singing has made a massive difference to the Sing Aphasia group and we will all miss her. Thank you Benita!