Steve suffered a severe stroke in November 2012 when he was just 56 years old, that left him with Asphasia, which means he is unable to communicate verbally and Dyspraxia, which has impacted his ability to spell, write and understand some commands.
Up until the COVID-19 pandemic, Steve had been attending our Day Service once a week and he enjoyed woodworking and the the happy social environment of being in a group of people with similar injuries.
During lockdown, he has enjoyed the regular Zoom meetings through the Digital Day Centre as this has kept him involved with everyone, and the social impact this situation has had on him has been reduced dramatically, as he still feels as if he has has continued going to Headway each week.
Steve attended the Mindful Drawing Workshops led by Pippa Pixley in June and July 2020 which have been a huge success with the brain injury survivors we support. During these sessions members learnt how to create a simple illustration of a mouse, hedgehog and bird with great results using only a pencil, teabag and coffee.
Steve also had lots of fun drawing and painting vintage toys in Pippa’s Vintage Still Life watercolour workshop!
Steve has enjoyed completing the crafts kits we have provided to members, which have included painting a suncatcher, wooden model aeroplane and this seagull windmill!
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Thanks to the National Lottery grant we received in 2020 we were able to gift all members a Kindle or an voice reignition device such as a Echo or Echo Dot.
Steve has been enjoying watching his favourite UFO videos as well as downloading audiobooks and apps to help improve his cognitive abilities such as memory and concentration.