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Steve’s Lockdown Story

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I think you've made his day! Thank you for ordering him the wooden helicopter kit!

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 has enjoyed taken part in the drawing workshop each week, which has helped with sustaining his attention. It has also helped him cognitively as drawing and painting is something he enjoys and wants to do his best at.

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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He has been completing the word searches and quizzes in the activity packs and has even made some very tasty flapjacks from a recipe that was included! He indicated to me that he wants to try some of the other recipes as well, so hopefully this means he will have a go at getting into the kitchen again when he can return to Headway House, as cooking was something he enjoyed to do before his brain injury.

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.

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