Our amazing “Life Jacket” is on the move to spread the word about aphasia!
It’s mission is to display the hidden difficulties of the communication condition on the outside.
First shown at our “Say without Words” exhibition on Exeter High Street and then at the Stroke Conference in Cornwall, it now stands proudly in the foyer of Budleigh Health and Wellbeing Hub. The “Life Jacket” was designed and made by our Creative Art Group (run by Magic Carpet).
We aim to keep the jacket on the move around Devon for 2020 so watch this space and #followthejacket!
We are looking forward to our Christmas Lunch on the 10th December when our Singing group will perform Christmas songs for us. It is such a joy to hear people with aphasia sing out loud and we have a lot of fun and friendship. Our choir has grown in numbers and expertise and we have two soloists this year performing for us.
Plus we will have our raffle draw at our next Drop In on the 3rd Dec at the X Centre.
Our “Say without Words” exhibition at St Stephens church on the High street of Exeter was a resounding success. Our shared work of “Life Jacket” was central to our exhibition. It demonstrates how it feels to have aphasia and puts the hidden difficulties of this communication difficulty on show. The Life Jacket has already been to Cornwall with the Stroke Association conference and is planned to journey around Devon to help raise awareness of aphasia. We also welcomed the Lord Mayor of Exeter to our exhibition of art that we created with Magic Carpet, the arts for wellbeing charity. It was great to be able to spread the word about aphasia!
Aphasia is a complicated condition and it can be difficult for people to understand the impact it can have on people’s lives. Aphasia can happen to anyone at any age. We are spreading the word about our vital support for the ongoing recovery from aphasia after stroke or brain injury.
It’s great to spread the word about aphasia and our charity in Devon Life magazine. Sandhy and Emily talk about their experience of communication difficulties and how our charity has supported them.
What a fantastic turn out we had for our 2nd year party! It was a great occasion to celebrate everything that we do. Thank you to everyone that came along to join us. Watch our video.
Plus we had a fantastic performance of the singing group with tarantulas! Our own Aphasia Song, written by Emily, rounded off our entertainment and, as always, Sam made sure we all had great fun with music and singing.
We had a taster of our art exhibition. The art work was previously shown at the Pheonix Art Centre in Exeter for a month in March and received much praise. Working with Magic Carpet has been a joy this year allowing us to “mess about ” with different artistic mediums to express ourselves.
So many people have celebrated personal achievements over the last 2 years with us. We are thrilled!
We welcome newcomers or visitors at any of our events over the year. We are all looking forward to another wonderful year of fun, support and friendship.
Time has flown by over the last two years since we started as a charity! We’ve grown in numbers and have formed a real community of people who understand aphasia. Plus we now run 3 successful groups– our conversation drop in, singing and creative art sessions.
To celebrate we are having a 2nd year anniversary party to showcase all that we do for people with aphasia and their families. If you missed our art exhibition at the Phoenix you can see it again here. Plus we’ll have our Aphasia Choir performing for us. As always, we’ll have cake and refreshments too. Everyone’s welcome to come along.
It’s all happening on Tuesday 4th June at the X Centre, Commercial Rd, Exeter EX2 4AD from 2-4pm. Here’s to many more years!