Nelly Globe is a Levenshulme based charitable organisation that aims to develop creative projects and work in partnership with individuals and organisations on a local, national and international level. Nelly Globe has recently undertaken a project with the Stroke Association, described below.
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Salford stroke survivors tell their story through sculpture
Stroke survivors from Salford have created a unique piece of art to convey their individual experiences of stroke, after attending workshops organised by the Stroke Association and Nelly Globe.
The group of ten stroke survivors and carers took part in weekly workshops at St John’s Church Hall in Pendlebury for eight weeks, from Monday 12 January.Organised by the Stroke Association, the workshops were led by Nelly Globe, acharity which works with people in recovery from trauma, through art lead projects to encourage positive life changes.
Each week, the group explored different techniques, including word association, photography and art skills. They chose to transform a disused wheelchair into a piece of abstract art, to represent their individual lives and experience of stroke. The finished sculpture will be displayed in an exhibition at Salford Royal Hospital to celebrate Action on Stroke Month in May 2015.
Dave Hulston, Creative Director at Nelly Globe, said: “The wheelchair is a metaphor for reinvention, to express how much a stroke can change lives in an instant. At the beginning of the sessions, people were a little apprehensive but as the weeks went on, we’ve seen the group really embrace the project and evolve together, alongside the sculpture. There has been a lot of emotion each week and we’re thrilled with the final results.”
Wesley Boardman, 36 from Swinton, took part in the project. He was just 31 when he had a stroke in 2009 and was told he would never walk, talk or swallow again. After being fed through a PEG feeding tube for more than three years, with sheer determination Wesley is now able to eat meals again, cycles and attends the gym three times a week. However, the stroke has left him with difficulties with his balance, mobility, speech and hearing.
Wesley said: “I’ve always been interested in art in the more traditional sense, such as painting and drawing, but these workshops have helped me see things in a different way. When I had my stroke, I expected to be back to normal in a couple of weeks but it’s been a long road to recovery. Working alongside the group has helped us express the challenges we faced during our stroke journeys.”
Joanne Myers, Communication Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association said: “The group has not only given people the opportunity to learn new skills, it has also encouraged social interaction and helped to build confidence. We see sheer courage and determination many stroke survivors, like Wesley, show in coping with the loss of many things we take for granted, such as being able to say what we are feeling or walk on our own. This project has enabled the group members to express themselves in new and very powerful ways.”
The Stroke Association provides an Information, Advice and Support Service and Communication Support in Salford, in partnership with Salford City Council and Salford Clinical Commissioning Group.
The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity which campaigns to improve stroke care; supports people to make the best recovery they can; and funds ground-breaking research to change the lives of people affected by stroke. For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk