Fundraising for Headway

As the academic year comes to a close, we decided to get creative with our final fundraising event for Headway…

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As well as giving MSc Speech and Language Sciences students a chance to think back over the past year or two, all the money raised from this light-hearted event went to the North London branch of Headway. Headway North London is a support group for those with, or affected by, brain injury including survivors, carers, family and friends. They provide a number of support services and campaign for greater awareness of brain injury. Find out more at : http://www.headwaynorthlondon.org/

Following a brain injury, people can experience aphasia, speech difficulties and/or cognitive communication difficulties. To find out more about each of these, visit https://www.headway.org.uk/…/effect…/communication-problems/

Speech and Language Therapists are a vital part of the multidisciplinary team when working with people who have a brain injury, to help make improvements in written and spoken language and improving speech clarity. The speech and language therapist will work with family to enable them to communicate as best they can in their daily life. They may also assess swallowing difficulties and provide guidance on how this should be managed safely.

Many students on the MSc programme have had, or are going to start, their placements at Headway. We hope that they will all be able to appreciate how helpful the money we raise can be, so that people living with a brain injury can have access to vital information, support and services.

 

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With 19 categories to consider, people voted for their favourite lecturer, as well as who had the most creative therapy ideas and who was most likely to develop a famous speech and language therapy intervention approach. 

We managed to raise an amazing £117.64 over two days. This is enough to provide 4 family information packs to support people in the aftermath of a brain injury, to recruit and support 7 of their indispensable volunteers for a month, or to run Headway’s national helpline for just over 3 hours.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in this light-hearted event and donated generously to Headway!

 

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Winner of the UCLU Giving Voice Raising Awareness Challenge!

Back in September, armed with our  ‘Challenge Bag’, the UCLU Giving Voice committee encouraged the society’s potential new members to take on various challenges to spread awareness of speech, language, communication and swallowing needs.

Some of the challenges included hosting a dinner party with a communication friendly menu, tweeting 3 messages raising awareness of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), and holding a film night with a movie relating to speech and language therapy, for example The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.

Here is a video of Hollie Wright taking the challenge of videoing herself explaining how to make a sweet milky tea backwards to highlight the additional processing demands for those with SLCN.

I didn’t expect my challenge to be straightforward, but I certainly didn’t anticipate it would be this difficult. The thought of finding it that tough to communicate ALL the time is not a nice one – Hollie Wright

The prize for the winner of the challenges was a beautiful piece of art by Sue from Headway Cambridgeshire, who is living with a brain injury. Sue created her artwork using a Batik style of painting, which uses wax to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving “blank” areas in the dyed fabric.

And the winner was…. Fionn MacLauchlan! Fi took the challenge of raising awareness of dysphagia by eating a pureed diet for a day and documenting it on social media.

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It was actually really hard trying to plan the sorts of food I could eat and it affected my social plans for the day too. I had porridge, scrambled eggs and soup. It was really bland and I can’t imagine doing this everyday. Being on a puréed food diet would be a lot more difficult than you think, and would take a lot of creativity and effort to keep it interesting. – Fi MacLauchlan

Congratulations to Fi! And well done to everyone who took part. Speech, language, communication and swallowing needs are viewed as ‘hidden disabilities’, as they are often not visible or obvious to other people. For this reason, it is important that we raise awareness of these difficulties in any way we can. Social media is a powerful tool to enable us to share our experiences: together we can hopefully shed light on these ‘hidden disabilities’. If you see an interesting tweet, or an informative Facebook video about SLCN or dysphagia – SHARE SHARE SHARE! Let’s get the word out!

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UCL Giving Voice Committee

Facebook: UCLU Giving Voice Society

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Email: ucl.givingvoice@gmail.com