#FollowtheJacket

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!

“Say without Words” exhibition

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.Say without words
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!

Spreading the word!

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.

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Great article on aphasia and our charity, Living with Aphasia.

Celebrate with Living with Aphasia!

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.

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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.

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So many people have celebrated personal achievements over the last 2 years with us. We are thrilled!

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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.

Helping Communication

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!

Christmas Celebrations!

We had a fantastic Christmas party this year!

We had an amazing attendance of 50 people – our largest party ever!

Our celebrations included a fabulous performance of our Sing Aphasia group.

We have had a great year with our all our groups growing. Next year we will be moving into a larger room for our Drop In!

A BIG thank you to Emily who presented us with a cheque from her Dance Company too.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!