News

Wednesday Group go to London

Posted 24th June 2021

Our Wednesday Group are getting out and about as restrictions ease. Susie organised a trip to Central London yesterday and met with other Members at the London Eye. For some this was the first time they had travelled by train by themselves following their stroke.
Julian said he had a great day, especially as this was his first trip into London for 18 months.

Sarah joining Zoom from her caravan

Posted 24th June 2021

Many Members are beginning to enjoy long awaited staycations. Sarah was so happy to join her regular Zoom group from her caravan whilst holidaying in Hampshire.

Aphasia Awareness Month 2021

Posted 15th June 2021

#AphasiaAwarenessMonth We asked our beneficiaries with #aphasia ‘how does it feel to have aphasia?’ and ‘what helps?’

Carers Week 7th -13th June

Posted 15th June 2021

#carersweek2021 Dyscover not only supports people with #aphasia and #PPA but their families too.
Part of our ethos is to support whole families, our family support programme offers practical, emotional and signposting advice. Our group SLT’s offer these termly sessions to all of our relatives and carers as many adjust to living with aphasia.

We have an ‘open door’ policy at Dyscover and offer support and advice to relatives living with aphasia. Many carers need emotional support at different stages of their relatives recovery journey.

We feel it is very important that relatives are educated about aphasia/Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) and understand their relatives specific communication needs and how to support these. This is why we offer group and 1:1 Conversation Partner courses and information sessions for whole families.

Connection and Peer support is really important for both our beneficiaries and our carers. We cannot wait to get back to offering social trips and events to families. One of our most popular is an outdoor activities day for whole families with children, who may perhaps face too many barriers when trying to organise these ‘fun’ days as a family. We not only want to provide the accessibility but also a chance for our younger carers to connect with other peers who also have a parent with aphasia.

Celebrating Volunteers Week 2021

Posted 15th June 2021
We recently celebrated Volunteers’ Week (1-7th June) by sharing a thank you video the staff had made thanking all of our wonderful volunteers for their hard work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao2zYScui64
We currently have 22 Dyscover at Home Volunteers helping in our online groups or making a weekly phone call to a member and many other volunteers such as trustees who provide us with leadership and governance. We also have volunteers that help us in our garden, with our newsletter, with our Top Draw scheme, community fundraising and with administration duties.
Many of our volunteers go on to study Speech and Language therapy or get a job in this field – 5 volunteers have done this over the last 12 months, with 4 more due to move on at the end of this term.
We also profiled volunteer Barry who shared his experiences of volunteering with Dyscover. Barry felt that volunteering and helping others with the same condition ‘gives him a warm feel inside’ and that making new friends has ‘helped his confidence and general well-being’.

Do visit our Facebook Page to see the posts in full.

Media Info

For information and photos or to receive a copy of our promotional film, please contact us on 01737 819419 or email info@dyscover.org.uk

 

 

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