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Newsletter

Posted 21st February 2020


Great feedback from some of our Members on the first draft of our ‘new look’ Newsletter. Elaine demonstrated use her e-reader app on the Newsletter and others gave some brilliant suggestions as to how we ensure it is more ‘aphasia friendly’. We hope to produce a fresh look to our Newsletter this Easter!

Kingston News

Posted 21st February 2020

Members listened carefully to 3 facts about their group volunteers. Were they truths or lies? Members asked searching questions and discussed their opinions before deciding.
Volunteer Dzen HAD parachuted from a plane, but HADN’T breathed fire!

Singing group research

Posted 21st February 2020
Suzanne has been working with Betchworth Singers coach, Sue Cook, with a view to re-starting our much loved and missed singing group. Sue was introduced to us by new Wednesday group volunteer, Camilla who has known and sung with Sue for many years. Suzanne said “I visited the Singers last Tuesday evening and was thrilled to see Sue in action, using careful vocal exercises and expert guidance to produce lovely harmonised melodies”.

Art

Posted 21st February 2020
Alison Carlier has been working with our groups developing creative skills using different mediums, The Wednesday morning groups have been working with Bamboo Ink and Pen whilst the afternoon group looked at traditional Still Life with Fruit and Veg.
More Art follows this week focusing on Pencil Landscapes and Cloud formations.

Welcome Helena

Posted 6th February 2020

Nearly through her first week at Dyscover, Helena joins us as our new Charity Administrator! – Do pop by the office next week and say hello!

Volunteers needed

Posted 27th January 2020

Debating

Posted 27th January 2020
Wednesday Morning group’s debate was – ‘The High Street is Dead……’.
The outcome was mixed, some Members still believe it is here to stay – a great way to use an array of the groups Communication skills to be persuasive.

Mayor of Kingston Visits Kingston Members

Posted 16th January 2020

On Tuesday 14th January all of Dyscover’s Kingston groups were delighted to receive visits from the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, Councillor Margaret Thompson. The Mayor talked to each group about her background in nursing and paediatric healthcare and found much common ground with afternoon member Deena who had also been a nurse and lecturer. The Mayor also explained about her role and shared some amusing anecdotes about her experiences as Mayor as well as lots fascinating facts about her badge, costume and the Mayor’s maces (the oldest in the country thanks to the ingenuity of the people of Kingston when Oliver Cromwell ordered all maces to be destroyed).
In the morning, the Mayor also took part in a small group session where she chatted to morning members Graham, Lee, Jeremy and Jack about their interests and background. In the afternoon, members Sarah, Deena, Nial and Debbie talked to her about their personal experiences of aphasia and how Dyscover had helped them regain confidence, find support from their peers and, for Sarah and Nial, return to work. She had much praise for Dyscover’s work and said the positivity, humour and determination of the members was very evident.

Keeping iPads up to date

Posted 10th January 2020
Dyscover’s volunteers come in all ages and includes 15 year old Alex who has been helping Dyscover keep the iPads up to date and working efficiently. Small tasks like these carried out by volunteers who have some spare time and specific skills are of huge value to the team especially at the start of a new busy term.

Merry Christmas

Posted 19th December 2019
100 guests enjoyed another fabulous Dyscover Christmas lunch. I am thrilled to say that thanks to everyone’s generosity the Hamper raffle raised £805!

We hope that you all have a great Christmas, our office is now shut until 2nd January and our groups do not return until 7th, 8th and 9th January, following our team meeting with Volunteers on 6th.

Fundraising events 2019

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