STAMMA, the British Stammering Association, is the UK national charity for people who stammer (or stutter) and those that support them.
They are people who stammer and people who don’t: parents of children who stammer, speech & language therapists (SLTs), GPs, teachers, employers, HR professionals and creatives.
Founded in 1978, their mission is to lead a movement to change how the world views stammering, while supporting and empowering people who stammer.
They provide information, resources and support to those who stammer as well as those close to them such as family, friends, educators, employers and colleagues. STAMMA is their latest and, to date, largest awareness campaign.
They operate a free, confidential and anonymous helpline and webchat open to anyone in the UK, these are staffed by people who understand what it is to stammer. They are here to listen, help you find the information you need, talk through options, practise speaking on the phone, or just chat.
They run a bi-annual conference, organise workshops, open days and family days, and on their website you’ll find information for parents, employers, teachers, SLTs, lecturers & tutors and, of course, for people who stammer.
Today I’m joined by Kirsten Howells programme lead at Stamma. Kirsten is a speech and language therapist. Fortunate to have lived and worked in Norway and the US, she now lives in the north-west of England with her family. Joining the team in late 2019, Kirsten said, “I’m really excited to be involved with the work of STAMMA and am looking forward to contributing to the further development of the helpline and webchat services.”