We will let you in on a little secret!...We are in discussion with another small aphasia charity to merge into one unified Say Aphasia powerhouse, for people with aphasia. More will be revealed in our September issue!

Say Aphasia's New Group!

We have another new group in Wales! Our group in Cardiff opened its doors at the end of June to great successEveryone had a good time and said they would like to come back! The Cardiff drop-in group will run every fortnight on a Wednesday. The next one is Wednesday 20th July. Click here for more information.

Celebrity Aphasia Boosts Awareness!

After the news about Bruce Willis and his Primary Progressive Aphasia diagnosis, Say Aphasia subsequently received a lot of media attention!

Colin and the peer leaders were receiving calls asking to speak on TV and radio! It is extremely unfortunate for the actor, but an amazing opportunity to raise much needed awareness for aphasia, and to speak out on behalf of the 350,000 people in the UK who live with aphasia.

You can see most of the media appearances here. A huge well done to Mark and Caroline who run our Skipton group, and Jez who runs our Winchester group, who spoke so well on their local radio shows. To speak so well under the pressure of radio AND have aphasia is quite an achievement! 

The BBC News reporters visited our Winchester group to chat about what it is like to live with aphasia.

We support Communication Disabilities in Adults:

At Say Aphasia, we open our doors to multiple communication disabilities, such as Apraxia, dysarthria and primary progressive aphasia.

Primary Progressive Aphasia:

Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is a neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become slowly and progressively impaired. Unlike other forms of aphasia that result from stroke or brain injury, PPA is caused by neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease or Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration. PPA results from deterioration of brain tissue important for speech and language. Although the first symptoms are problems with speech and language, other problems associated with the underlying disease, such as memory loss, often occur later.

If you feel that Say Aphasia could do more to support adults with a communication disability, please get in contact. We would love to hear from you!

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The augmented reality art exhibition held at Ilkley Art Studio in April saw a variety of art posters created by Mark Chappell aka Charming McKee come to life to explain more about the isolating condition, aphasia.

Aphasia is a communication disability due to but not limited to stroke or brain injury. During the pandemic lockdowns the artist used the opportunity to produce augmented reality art to highlight his experience of stroke and aphasia. He also wanted to raise awareness of the support the Say Aphasia charity can offer to people with aphasia.

John Gamble, who runs Art School Ilkley where the aphasia exhibition was held, visited the display and said “it was a really engaging exhibition”.

Another visitor said “I’ve never used my phone like that before to make artwork come alive. I learnt a lot about aphasia”.

Visitors to the exhibition were also able to take away Aphasia Information packs and details of the monthly Say Aphasia drop in group Mark and his wife run in Skipton.

Over the last week aphasia has made headlines as the Hollywood actor, Bruce Willis, has been diagnosed with the condition.

Members of the Say Aphasia charity, including Mark, conducted national TV and radio interviews to explain more about aphasia.

For further information about the Skipton drop-in group please email [email protected] or to view the Say Aphasia press interviews visit the charity’s website www.sayaphasia.org/press.

Here's a video tour incase you missed it!

Everyone here at Say Aphasia are so incredibly proud of what Mark and Caroline have achieved!

We Received a Visit from the Darlington Building Society!

"Aphasia is a communication disability which occurs when the language areas of the brain are damaged, often by a stroke or a head injury. It can make using and understanding spoken words very difficult. 

Local charity, Say Aphasia, applied to our 5% Pledge and received £500 to spend on running its vital community group. Getting together with other people who are affected means that they can talk to someone who understands what they are going through.”
Find out more about the 5% Pledge on their website.

Emma who attends the Hove group did a 5km run and raised £300 for Say Aphasia!

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