We support people who live with aphasia in Exeter and the surrounding areas of Devon.
Our friendly group meets for support, friendship and good conversation with others who understood. We have fun and make friendships. We learn from each other about 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 and now offers Drop In, Singing, and Creative Art to people in the area.
Our great team
Our team includes fabulous volunteers, people with aphasia plus peer leaders, Sandhy, Em and Barbara, who help to make things run smoothly. Here are our great trustees:
Barbara Chalk: A retired speech and language therapist, and chair of the trustees, Barbara is passionate in the mission to build up friendships and support for people with aphasia.
Sandhy Robinson Jones: Sandhy worked as a graphic designer when cancer hit. She then collapsed in her home office ending up in Plymouth hospital for 3 months with aphasia. Sandhy says, “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.”
Andrew Kemp: 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 Harding: 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.
Kim Gould: I’m very happy to give my time as a trustee to support such a worthwhile charity.