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.
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 was delighted to help out the Speech and Language Therapists with their Aphasia Awareness Training.
The ward staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital learnt more about the impact of aphasia on everyday life. Everyone had a chance to talk to our volunteers about their experiences. What a great opportunity to share and shape good practice.
We discussed some changes to make communication easier for people with aphasia. The feedback from volunteers and staff was very encouraging – and we hope to offer more of this joint working in the future! See our Awareness Trainingpage.