A support group for stroke survivors at Moseley Hall Hospital’s neuro-rehabilitation centre in Moor Green have designed a leaflet to help communicate their needs in everyday public situations – with help from staff at the local pub.
The leaflet explains how people they meet in everyday situations – such as in shops and pubs or on public transport – can help them overcome communication challenges.
On a confidence-building visit to the nearby Village pub, the group took the opportunity to test out an early version of the leaflet with bar staff – a trip that marked the beginning of a productive partnership.
Speech and language therapist Leona Bramble said:
“We popped up to the Village as part of our work to help rebuild the group’s confidence in ordering and buying things in public and they all enjoyed the experience and found it beneficial therapeutically.
“The communication issues that people experience following a stroke can cause a very debilitating loss of confidence which, in turn, makes them inclined to avoid social situations and at risk of becoming isolated and lonely. Therefore, the group should be very proud”.
Funding for the leaflet’s design and printing came from the Birmingham Community Healthcare charitable fund. Staff at The Village have since agreed to place a collection tin on the bar alongside the leaflet dispenser to help raise funds for further projects.
Assistant manager Jo Gray said:
“It’s been a real pleasure to help – we’re a community pub next door to a community hospital so we’re delighted to be building this friendship with our neighbours.
“Customer service is obviously at the heart of what we do – and so we’re very appreciative of the Moor Green group raising our awareness of how we can make sure people who have experienced a stroke get full enjoyment from a visit to their local pub.”
Copies of the leaflet can be obtained at The Village pub.