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Experienced a stroke? Let Simon help you face the challenge

A new scheme harnessing the power of music is helping Swansea people tackle the effects of a stroke.


Music for Wellbeing sessions run by Swansea music tutor Simon Parton are seeing stroke survivors with communication challenges pick up and enjoy playing a musical instrument.

The project is managed by national charity the Stroke Association. It is funded by the Fusion Programme, a Welsh Government-backed initiative managed by Swansea Council's cultural services team.

Simon Parton said: "We've had amazing outcomes so far. Everybody has been really great at getting involved and using the instruments.

"The best thing that's happened so far in my view is a participant playing guitar for the first time since he had his stroke three years ago. That was really lovely to see!"

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "These Music for Wellbeing sessions are a tremendous opportunity for those coming to terms with a stroke.

"They are sociable, creative and fun - and I'm happy that the council has been able to help in this way."

Amanda Spendiff, communications support coordinator for the Stroke Association, said: "We work to help people rebuild their lives after stroke. Simon's Music for Wellbeing sessions are a great way of helping us do that.

"He has formed an easy rapport with everyone and this has enabled them all to feel comfortable and get involved.  It has helped to increase the stroke survivors' confidence and they all look forward to the next session."

The project will see around four sessions held over two months from this month (note: April). Future session are due to take place at Trallwn Community Centre, Llansamlet. 

Anybody who has experienced communication difficulties since having a stroke can get involved. The ultimate aim is to get participants to write and record their own songs. 

To attend a session please sign up through the Stroke Association by phoning Amanda on 07951 206 254 or emailing

Photo: Music tutor Simon Parton with a participant in a Swansea Music for Wellbeing session.

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