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!
What a great opportunity to express yourself!
People with communication difficulties can express themselves through visual media whilst building up creative skills too.
Living with Aphasia has teamed up with Magic Carpet to bring art sessions to add to our activities.
Magic Carpet is a local charity in Devon. They work to inspire creativity and well being though creative arts.
Find out more about our art sessions.
What a cycling achievement! Thank you!
Chalk + Ward, a marketing/advertising agency in Exeter chose a energetic way to celebrate their 20th anniversary of trading. By cycling 90 miles in 7 hours!
Supported by the local group, the Bad Lodgers, they went from Bristol to Exeter raising money for 2 charities, Living with Aphasia and Magic Carpet.
The route started at the Colston Tower in Bristol where Chalk + Ward started their business and ended at Exeter where the company is now based. Their epic ride passed through the beautiful Cheddar Gorge. Maybe they didn’t get to see much of that as they whizzed through! They looked exhausted but very happy at the end! Well done!
Cooking can be tricky with aphasia – following recipes and using only one hand can make for difficult times – so it was fantastic to have a session with Exeter Cookery School to build confidence and skills.
It was enormous fun to cook with Jim. His humour, patience and skill inspired us all to be the best – “Chef” was a buzzword for the morning! We made bread and scones and enjoyed a cream tea after all our efforts.
Thank you so much, Jim – we could be back!
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June is Aphasia Awareness month and a great opportunity to spread the word about this frustratingly little known condition.
1 in 3 people who have a stroke will have aphasia and that means around 6,000 people in Devon will have this isolating communication difficulty. An Exeter University Dissertation Research on Aphasia recently found that only 34% of the local population were aware of aphasia. This has to change!
so…Living with Aphasia is launching a Twitter campaign for the month of June focusing on increasing awareness of Aphasia and the support that Living with Aphasia can provide for people in Devon.
Follow us on twitter @LivingAphasia with the hashtag #AphasiaAwareness
Photo curtesy of Paula Fernley Photography
Everyone seems to agree that a large part of the success of Living with Aphasia has to do with cakes!
James made us excellent cream and strawberry cakes for our Sing Aphasia group this week ( he is quite a secret chef we think!). Emily made her first cake whilst in rehabilitation for our launch event -what a massive achievement.
And we had some fantastic cake for our anniversary event made by a parent of one of our sponsors, Wellington School.
And of course we have a fantastic volunteer, Nicky, who makes the most delightful goodies for each of our Drop In – all in all cake does seem to make the world go round!