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Singing Update

Whilst aphasia affects the ability of a person to communicate using day-to-day language, singing and the recollection of song lyrics is often easier and can be a therapeutic and uplifting exercise. We invited Sue Cook back to the Wednesday Group to practice breathing, posture and vocal exercises before launching into some popular favourites. 

Ambassadors Update

It’s great to be back out and about meeting new audiences eager to learn more about aphasia. Last week Ambassadors Gill, Maggie and Fiona engaged the Women in Fellowship in Ashtead with their personal experiences of aphasia and how Dyscover has helped them.

Volunteer Lunch

Last week we celebrated our brilliant volunteers by holding a thank you lunch for them in the garden at Leatherhead. 17 volunteers, including some trustees came along and enjoyed sandwiches and cakes made by the staff team and luckily the weather stayed dry! It was a really enjoyable afternoon, and it was so lovely to see many of the volunteers including one that we have only ever met online!

Congratulations Gary!

The Wednesday morning group were so impressed to hear that fellow Member, Gary had passed the first part of his Day Skipper course. It took a huge amount of time and perseverance, with the moral support of the Friday reading group to tackle the amount of written information in the assessment process. Text to speech technology was very helpful during his 8hour exam.

Congratulations Gary on another personal goal achieved with focus and determination.

Volunteers’ Week 2022

#VolunteersWeek2022 (1-7th June) is an annual, national celebration of the amazing contribution made by volunteers.

Our wonderful team of dedicated volunteers make up 85% of our team. Whether helping in our groups, with activities, fundraising, marketing, admin, gardening or outreach and governance – we couldn’t provide our vital services without them. We have 32 brilliant volunteers helping in our conversational support groups and 9 of these are in our online zoom groups. Over the last year 17 new group volunteers have joined our team.

Lots of volunteers also give their time to help with extra activities such as such as companion cycling, pilates, swimming, shooting, art, golf, or with online open days, relatives’ meetings, presentations to universities, training courses and fundraising events. ‘Dyscover has a family feel to it’ and ‘It is the highlight of my week’ were some of the comments made by our volunteers when asked about their experience volunteering with us.

Many of our volunteers them go on to study Speech and Language therapy or get a job in this field – 5 volunteers have done this over the last 12 months. Our online groups mean that we are now able to take on volunteers regardless of where they live and our monthly volunteer meetings on zoom help to ensure that everyone feels a part of Dyscover.

Wildlife Aid Foundation talk to Thursday Group

Last week the Thursday morning group were given an inspiring and thought-provoking talk by Douglas Anderson, iDot Engagement Officer for the Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF), a local wildlife charity in Leatherhead. Douglas gave the members a perfect lead-in to their discussions on the environment by introducing WAF’s simple but powerful iDot initiative: I Do One Thing. By all of us doing just one simple thing a day – such as feeding the birds, building a log pile in the garden, picking up rubbish and tidying away netting we can collectively protect the wildlife around us and look after our planet. Members were interested to learn about the Wildlife Aid Foundation’s work at their rescue centre – member Nicky had just that morning spotted an injured bird on the road and was keen to find out more about how the charity helped injured wildlife.



Specialist local aphasia charity, Dyscover is expanding its administration team and has a new role which may offer future development opportunities.  

  • 4 hours per week on a Thursday
  • Comprehensive administration experience
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Confident, personable manner
  • Proficient user of Microsoft software is essential
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work flexibly with a degree of independence
  • Office based in Leatherhead Surrey with free car parking

In this rewarding role you will need to be an experienced administrator and some charity experience would be beneficial but not essential. Our friendly and cheerful environment needs support with day-to-day administration, assisting the Office Manager.

You will work as part of a small, committed team, including Speech and Language Therapists, support staff and volunteers, all of whom are dedicated to delivering a high-quality service to our beneficiaries. You will be in regular contact with vulnerable, disabled adults and their families and play an important front-of-house role, so empathy, patience and a sense of humour are essential.   To request an information pack or discuss the role, please email Karen Boult Office Manager or call us on 01737 819419 for an informal conversation. 

  • Closing date 5th June 2022.
  •  Interviews will take place on Thursday 9th June 2022.

First Aid Training

Last week, 5 volunteers and 5 members of staff attended a First Aid course by the British Red Cross which was tailored specifically for possible situations that we may potentially have to help with at Dyscover. This was an informative course that covered what to do in the event of someone having a fall, being unconscious or not breathing as well as seizures, choking and head injuries.

Golf updates

Members returned to Leatherhead Golf Club last week and Karl took no time in getting Members, new and old, to go through the principles of hitting a good shot. How to avoid the Slice and the Hook was the main focus on week 1.

Summer Term – Team Meeting & Conversation Refresher

Excellent Summer Term Team Meeting on Monday. Programme Planning and excellent refresher from Senior SLT Rhona, on Conversation Hints. Key points included ensuring Members steer the conversation, supporters ask open questions ‘how, why, when….’ Prompts ‘can you tell us more about that?’ Involving everyone ‘who agrees with that?’ Check understanding ‘have I got this right…?’ Make use of tools, maps, Member preparation, iPads, pictures etc… Don’t forget total communication skills write key words, draw and gesture, encouraging Members to do the same!

Fundraising events 2019

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