During this project, four support groups, each involving 8 people with aphasia, will run for 6 months in EVA Park. The groups will be led by group leaders and volunteers. They will do activities designed to build relationships between the group members.
The research aims to find out:
- Whether this type of intervention is possible in EVA Park
- Whether it improves measures of wellbeing, communication and quality of life
- Participants’ views about the intervention and the views of the group volunteers and co-ordinators
- Lastly, we want to know what it costs
Since the last update:
- 2 groups have completed a 6 months social support therapy in EVA Park
- Participants have given interviews with a qualitative researcher, Anna, to share their experience of the therapy
- The last 2 groups have started their 6 month therapy block. They will complete the therapy in October 2018
Research has been published from interviews with people with aphasia who used EVA Park in a previous study.
It shows that the EVA Park therapy was strongly associated with fun and enjoyment.
You can read about it here.
From a participant: “EVA has made me feel whole again”
From a group volunteer: Feelings of connectedness developed amongst the team delivering the therapy even though they had never met face to face.