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The arts as a therapy in stroke recovery

We are a not-for-profit organisation that run a Centre for stroke survivors and carers in Geelong. While we offer groups and programs at low (if any) cost at The Centre, we understand that recovery for most looks like getting out into the community in a facilitated and supported environment. A few weeks ago we ran a pilot session at a local acting school with a group of young stroke survivors (between the ages of 23 -54). The amazing actresses from the school that facilitated the group were so inclusive and empowering and the team LOVED it, they had so much fun. They walked out of the class engaged, laughing, smiling, confident. The transformation was incredible. We would like to offer this class to all of our groups of stroke survivors so they can all encounter the same level of confidence from this kind of session.

There is no doubt that enriching our environments and enhancing our creative capacity is fundamental for brain recovery. This class is an opportunity for stroke survivors to activate neural pathways and therefore enhance recovery outcomes at the same time as empowering them to be creative and think about recovery differently.

Funded by Melbourne (August 2018)