We are a charity to support people who live with aphasia in Exeter and the surrounding areas of Devon.
We are a friendly group who wants to make a difference to the lives of people living with aphasia. People meet for support, friendship and good conversation with others who understood about aphasia. We have fun and make friendships. We learn from each other on how to live with aphasia successfully.
Our group started over ten years ago as a NHS Conversation Group run by the Exeter, East Devon and Mid Devon speech and language therapy department. In 2017 the group became a local charity. It now offers Drop In, Singing, and Creative Art groups to people in the area.
Living with Aphasia is supported by great trustees:
I’m a retired speech and language therapist who is very happy to put time into making a difference with such a friendly group. It’s great to be part of a team of trustees who are building up friendships and support for people with aphasia.
Sandhy Robinson Jones
I worked as a graphic designer when cancer hit. I recovered from this. Then collapsed in my home office ending up in Plymouth hospital for 3 months with aphasia. For the last few years I’ve gone from not speaking and thinking to a person who has realised that I can get better.It takes a lot of time. I really enjoy the charity and it’s good to meet up with people who understand what it’s really like.
As the former chief executive of a national charity, Andrew is keen to put his skills and experience to good use supporting the work of the charity and improving/developing social/communication opportunities for people living with and affected by aphasia.
Nicola is Lead Speech and Language service for Exeter, East Devon and Mid Devon and has always been involved in supporting people in the community. Many of the original founding members of the Drop In Nicola formed continue to enjoy our group!
Dr Paul Mudd
Paul is a Consultant Physician in Stroke and Older Persons’ Medicine at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. He is our treasurer and keen to support the building of friendship and experiences of people with aphasia.
I’m very happy to give my time as a trustee to support such a worthwhile charity.