I have just had a very productive meeting with Margaret and Brian Bevan from the Speakability Association, Margaret is the Group Coordinator.
Margaret and Brian have been to the Mayors Parlour to discuss how I can work with them to promote Aphasia awareness campaign, here goes….
“Aphasia is a life-disabling condition caused by damage to the language centres of the brain. Aphasia can be caused by a stroke, head injury, brain injury or other neurological condition. The communication difficulties that result from this brain damage will generally mean that the person with Aphasia will find it very hard or impossible to undertake many everyday activities such as shopping, making a telephone call, reading, following a film or joining in a conversation.
The aim of Aphasia Awareness is to encourage everyone who may have contact with aphasic people to appreciate the difficulties the aphasic person faces and to become aware of the ways in which they can help in their efforts to either make a request, give information or simply to try to hold a conversation”.
Our local group meets at 12.15pm on the last Thursday of each month at the West Bromwich Labour Club, Sandwell Road, West Bromwich. The meetings are very informal and those who attend enjoy getting together for support, friendship socialising and exchanging ideas.
If you would like more information on Speakability or the Aphasia Awareness Campaign please visit their website.
Margaret and Brian have kindly invited me to the groups Christmas lunch in November and I am looking forward to meeting the group and helping them to raise awareness.