As a group therapy activity, some clients at the UCL Communication Clinic have recently had an article published in their local newspaper. It aims to draw attention to aphasia and the cuts to aftercare, and their hope is that their local MP will be able to help make changes.
On Wednesday 26th October, UCLU Giving Voice organised a bake sale to raise money for The Stroke Association during their “Give a Hand and Bake” week. We decided to support The Stroke Association and help raise money to contribute towards vital research into preventing stroke, and to contribute towards better care for stroke survivors.
Communication problems are common after a stroke, and can manifest in various ways, from having difficulties understanding language, forming words or sentences, or speaking clearly. This is due to the area of the brain that has been damaged.
Aphasia affects roughly 1/3 of stroke survivors. This can encompass difficulties speaking and understanding language, as well as reading and writing abilities.
Dysarthria is when stroke survivors struggle to control the muscles in their face, mouth and throat, which often results in slurred or quiet speech.
Apraxia of speech is when there is reduced coordination in the muscles of the face, mouth or throat during speech, which can result in other people misunderstanding what has been said.
These difficulties can be treated with Speech and Language Therapy (SLT), by helping to regain their abilities or by introducing compensatory techniques to ensure that communication is possible. For obvious reasons, UCLU Giving Voice were keen to support The Stroke Association!
Our stall ran from 08:30 until 14:00 in Chandler House and managed to raise an impressive …
Most of the committee got involved in baking for the sale, but we were also lucky enough to have some additional baked donations from other people on the MSc Speech and Language Sciences course and some undergraduate students.
During breaks in lectures, the queue stretched out into the foyer! We sold out of all baked goods, including:
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Dairy Free Chocolate Cake
Dairy Free Cupcakes
Gluten Free Millionaires Shortbread
An Amazing Giving Voice Madeira Cake
A Variety of Muffins
A Variety of Cookies
We managed to cover a wide variety of tastes, and all staff and students were very generous in their donations of money. Thank you to everyone who manned the stall and bought lots of baked goods. We by far surpassed our own expectations of the amount we would raise in just one day, and it is so amazing that this money is going towards such a worthwhile charity.