How to Support Someone with Aphasia

What is Aphasia? Aphasia is the impairment of language which affects the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read and write. It is always due to injury to the left frontal lobe (Broca’s area) which is the dominant hemisphere for speech control. It is most commonly caused by Stroke, particularly in older …

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Testimonial from Angela Phillips

Morning Kelly – I just wanted to say a huge thank you for ‘pointing me’ in the right direction when I was rather lost! I’m really enjoying working at VODA and I never expected things to happen so quickly – it’s been like a whirlwind! Thank you so much again for all of your help …

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Guided Meditation

A guided meditation for you to enjoy Guided Meditation can help you to feel more relaxed and in control of your life. Feeling more in control will help you make better decisions and thereby increase your life as well as your well-being and mental health. The purpose of meditation is to return your mind to …

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What Are The Consequences of Brain Injury?

According to the Northern Neurological Alliance, there are 50,000 people living in the North East living with a brain injury or other neurological condition. Most traumatic brain injuries happen in young men, who statistically take more risks than the rest of the population and can sustain a head injury through road traffic accidents and other …

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My Creative Inspiration By Amy Purdie

Our latest blog is brought to us by Amy Purdie. When I was at school I loved drawing. My school didn’t offer Graphic Design (although I don’t think I knew what that was then) so I took Art and also Product Design – other people made tables and other things made with wood, I designed …

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My Jobs, My Career and Why I’m Glad I Did It All

Guest Blog Told to Us by Tracey Tait When you’re asked about the jobs you’ve had, it gets you thinking. The lovely Kelly Oliver Dougall from Cygnet North East asked me to write a Blog for her and it certainly got me thinking and remembering. My first ‘job’ was many moons ago now… Cue the …

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Why Confidence is Important in the Workplace

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of confidence is a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. For most of us, this confidence can ebb and flow depending on what is happening in our lives, what people are telling us about our behaviour or worth and what …

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Testimonial about Cygnet – AN in North Shields

I would highly recommend Kelly as a “sounding board” to anyone, who was like myself, struggling to make career decisions. Kelly helped me clarify my own thoughts, develop my own ideas, as well as given me some others to consider. I felt comfortable to open up to her, safe in the knowledge that she offers …

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Testimonial about Cygnet – FF in Coventry

I got the job! Thank you so much for all your help and encouragement! I am so relieved and excited too. It’s my last day today, I have the exit interview this afternoon then that’s it. So pleased that I have been offered a job on the day I am being made redundant. FF – …

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Testimonial about Cygnet – JH South Shields

Thank you so much for this help with my CV. As I was updating it I became aware of so many answers I could give at my next interview! It has helped me enormously and given me a lot of new found confidence. I didn’t realise I could cover so many skills, I actually ran …

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Picture Perfect!

Guest Blog, told to us by Gillian Cross I have worked as a photographer for 20 years, which is the whole of my career. That has started to seem quite unusual, when so many photographers fall into the job as a second career path. I chose my A-level subjects because I enjoyed doing them. I …

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The Accidental Administrator

Told to us by Jennifer Brown Yup. I really did get into my dream job by accident. Which just goes to prove that we end up right where we should be, even if that is not where we thought we were actually heading. I was the teenager that caused Careers Advisors to tear out their …

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Career Change When Pregnant

There are many reasons why you might consider a career change when pregnant. If you’re on the outside looking in on an expectant mother thinking about changing jobs you might think it an odd idea – why complicate your life during one of the most transforming experiences through choice? Well, there are a number of …

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