Yoki reviews our pop up!
We caught up with Yoki after our pop up shop in Hoxton closed its doors to find out what she thought of the week, and the event she took part in.
Yoki, first of all – what did you think of the pop-up shop?
It’s a great opportunity for people to find out more about Headway and it gives people like me opportunities as well. There’s some great artwork. It’s good that members' artwork is not going to waste if that makes sense.
You were involved in ‘And Now?’, an interactive event last Wednesday evening. Talk us through the ideas behind it.
First of all, ‘And Now?’ says it all. It was basically to let the public know how you go around and live your life after a brain injury. The main thing I was doing in this talk was to tell people I don’t know that if the same thing happens to you, there’s help out there and it’s not the end of your life. Not to give up on what you believe in. That’s the main thing that I want people to know.
For me, it feels different to the talk I gave at the Wellcome Collection. It was more out there and this time it was more about telling my story. I was nervous to see different people and to actually speak. Giving the Wellcome Collection talk was how I got my confidence to do the pop-up shop talk last week.
It was a busy evening. How did you feel about talking in front of a large group of people?
It was nerve-wracking. It helped a lot knowing that there were people that I know there – if anything went wrong then they were beside me. I was nervous, and that’s why I was hot!
To tell you the truth, even though I was looking at people I was just imagining that the room was empty.
What did you think of some of the other evening events? Would you mind reviewing them for us?
‘Meet the Artists’ was great. I went home with a smile. Just to see Graham speak as well, I always see him at Headway not in a place full of people and he’s as cheeky as ever! Everyone felt the same. His talk was great and very moving – it was after this that I shed some tears. I’m glad Graham found Headway.
I also went to the event on Thursday (‘I’ve got a problem with my thingy’). Malachi was so funny! I enjoyed him sharing his experiences. It’s the way I felt, because I’ve got a speech problem as well. It was quite hard for me for about a year or two years, and just to see someone has gone through what I went through – it just makes you think: I’m not on my own. The audience was quite open which was great. I think Malachi is made to talk in public, because he had everyone laughing and joking! I was actually amazed – I can’t do that! The pop-up shop has really given people opportunities personally. Outside, I keep my story to myself. If there wasn’t something like this, getting us involved in the community, then people out there would never know. And you never know who’s actually going to come in and give it a chance. Maybe a person that comes in has a relative that has gone through exactly what I went through.
If you had to buy one item from our pop-up shop, what would it be?
I have my eye on the clay mask! Everything here is amazing – you never think what people are capable of. Such a shame I’m not an art person, I can’t draw to save my life! The great thing about Headway is you’ve got a choice what to do in the centre. If you don’t feel like doing art or something in there, you’ve got another option. You’re not pressurised which is good. For example, at the moment I’m doing a memory group every Friday which is going well so far. It involves talking about different challenges we face each day with our memories, sharing everyone’s experiences and thinking about coping strategies.