Headway Devon Brain Aid Festival June 2022 – Amazing Raffle Prizes!

Join us on Sunday 19th June at The Manor Gardens, Exmouth for our Brain Aid Festival 10am to 5pm.

We are raising money to support our free Drop-in Support Group for Communication Difficulties Following Brain Injury – every Weds 10am to 12pm.

This group is very much peer-led by those with lived experience of brain injury. Sandhy Robinson-Jones is leading this group as our specialist adviser. The group is run by volunteers and aims to provide a range of art therapies, starting with our portrait project.


Portrait Project and Singing Projects

Working with a team of diverse artists, attendees will be encouraged to explore and create a set of different self-portraits to help them chart their emerging and changing identities. One of the most difficult parts of recovery for individuals can be understanding and accepting the new person they have become. We want to help individuals move through this stage and understand, accept and embrace their new identity and come to terms with their injury.

Singing Project

Alongside form and shape creative arts, we are also working with experienced music director Samantha Abrahams on this project.  Attendees will be encouraged to use their own unique sounds to enjoy songs without words.  This will help attendees to improve overall wellbeing by providing an outlet to express their inner emotions, reduce stress and improve immune system. Singers will then be invited to join part of the choir performance at the event in June.

Why Creative Arts Therapy? 

Art therapy is seen as one of the most effective therapeutic pathways for any individual experiencing difficulties with verbal communication, whether these difficulties are physical, psychological or cognitive. The majority of therapeutic pathways available are talking therapies, and these are ineffective for those that are unable to verbally express inner thoughts and emotions after brain injury.  Creative arts therapies can help individuals to explore thoughts and emotions that cannot be spoken and can be an incredibly powerful and non-threatening way to identify, process and express traumatic experiences and complex emotional states.

Celebration Event

The celebration will take place on Sunday 19th June between 10am and 5pm and involves an art exhibition, a performances from the LaLa Choir, Revelation Roots, Bradley Busker and a street circus performance, Happy Dogs agility performance, caricature artist Chris Pavlick  and also family friendly activities (bouncy castle, face painting, glitter tattoos) craft and food stalls. Radio Presenter Judi Spiers will be hosting the day for us.

We would love to welcome you to help us raise awareness for communication difficulties after brain injury and also raise money for our future art therapy projects!


Raffle tickets!

We have some fantastic prizes in our exclusive £10 per ticket raffle with exclusive 5 Star dining experiences from  Michael Caines MBE DL.

We also have general prizes available including vouchers from great local retail outlets and business in the Exmouth area in our general raffle at £5 per ticket.

Get your raffle tickets online now:



Contact: Hannah Blatchford for more information



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