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Aphasia Art Exhibition

We are so excited to be preparing for our first art exhibition at the Phoenix Art Centre Walkway Gallery.

Since starting our art sessions people have produced some amazing art and rediscovered their artistic skills and confidence.

A renowned local artist, Ray Balkwill, will open our exhibition on Thursday 14th March from 4-6pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and celebrate our achievements.

The gallery will be on show for a month from 12th March to the 14th April so plenty of time to take a good look! We hope to inspire and encourage. Come along to our next Aphasia Art sessions too!

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!

Cathedral Concert

A BIG thank you to the EMG Symphony Orchestra who gave a fantastic performance of ‘Death in Venice’ at the Cathedral.

We were grateful to be their charity of the evening. Thank you Nigel for making this happen.

What a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of aphasia!

We also raised money on the retiring collection which will go towards funding our Sing Aphasia groups next year. 

Training in Aphasia Awareness at the Hospital

Living with Aphasia was delighted to help out the Speech and Language Therapists with their Aphasia Awareness Training.

training at hospital

training at hospital

training at hospital

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.

training at hospital

training at hospital

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 Training page.

training at hospital

training at hospital

Business Help for Living 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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