Lilli Murdoch, Digital Communications Officer at Breathe Arts Health Research interviews Headway Nottingham Services Manager, Charlotte, to learn about her experience of Breathe Magic for Memory and gain an insight into the impact the programme has had on the participants.
At Breathe it is very important to us to work collaboratively with our partners, occupational therapists, and clinicians. It has been a real pleasure working alongside Charlotte and gaining her feedback on the programme. Charlotte has been working at Headway Nottingham since 2011 and is passionate about raising awareness about the long term effects of brain injury and encouraging compassion towards those who are often misunderstood and marginalised.
“Breathe Magic is the highlight of my week!” Breathe Magic Participant
Breathe Magic teamed up with the amazing Headway Nottingham to deliver a brand-new magic for memory programme. The sessions were specially designed to improve sequencing, ordering, narrative and memory skills for those with memory loss and associated mental health difficulties, as a result of a brain injury.
“I didn’t realise how relaxing and mindful magic could be, it’s enabled me to cut away time from everything else.” Breathe Magic Participant
Headway Nottingham support a community that are living with long term effects of a brain injury. This group of people often feel isolated, socially removed from their communities and are lacking confidence. They are supported to find new skills and build their talents to improve self-esteem, confidence and realise their worth.
Charlotte tells me how the joy, laughter and fun radiates through the Breathe Magic sessions and that this has been lacking over the last year, like it has been for many people.
“Breathe Magic has lifted everybody’s sprits, definitely during the pandemic, it’s something we all look forward to” Breathe Magic Participant