Learning to live with Aphasia – a year on

Posted 11th January 2017

Since Autumn 2015 twenty two people with aphasia have participated in our Learning to Live with Aphasia course. This service is aimed at people who have had no previous support and who are motivated to learn new strategies and set themselves personal goals. Participants learn more about stroke, share their experience of aphasia and develop in skills and confidence. Eight have taken up volunteer roles or paid work and 4 have attended a Conversation Partners’ course with their spouse. The need for ongoing support is clear though – 91% have opted to move on to other Dyscover groups where they can continue to receive our specialist help and encouragement.

Helping with Aphasia Research

Posted 6th January 2017
Staff and Volunteers helped PhD research student, Becky Moss, from City University collect normative data as part of her project looking at delivering aphasia therapy via technology.

Dyscover SLT article published in ‘The Bulletin’

Posted 6th January 2017
What a great start to a New year with another published article in the Bulletin (RCSLT official magazine) for our Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) Specialist therapists (and Chef Executive) Rosemary Townsend and Alena Jobson. Their special interest, dedication to years of research and planning is very evident. Their successful ground-breaking courses designed for couples with PPA aid the distressing emotional and practical challenges they face together with deteriorating communication providing practical communication strategies, emotional support, an opportunity for participants to feel reduced isolation and peer support. Please click here. to read their encouraging article.

Christmas 2016

Posted 23rd December 2016
No better way than to say goodbye to the year than with our annual Christmas lunch- Members, relatives, trustees, volunteers and staff had the most wonderful Christmas lunch on Tuesday at The Walton Heath Golf Club. Our luxury Christmas hamper raffle made a huge £770 and Nick who runs our Top Draw club presented Rosemary with an interim payment of £1500 raised by the scheme to date this year! A chance to celebrate the year all together, we take the opportunity to recognise significant periods of volunteering, this year we celebrated a record 20 years of commitment from our longest serving volunteer, Diane.

Its also been a week of goodbyes to Allie our Charity Administrator and Heidi, our Kingston SLT Assistant, both off on new ventures and will be greatly missed.

Our members and volunteers sure did get into the spirt of things with their Christmas Jumpers to mark the end of a wonderful year at Dyscover – Here’s to 2017 – Stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you in January.

International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference 2016

Posted 23rd December 2016

Gill, Rosemary and Marilyn shared three days of the IARC conference at UCL last week, reporting good networking opportunities, great international speakers all relevant, practical and affirming. We look forward to hearing more in our coming Newsletter.

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