Register to attend the Scottish Stammering Network Open Day in Edinburgh on Saturday 21 April from 10am to 4pm at the Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU . Free tickets are available from eventbrite by clicking here.
We will have guest speakers sharing their experiences of living with a stammer, as well as a range of top workshops which aim to build confidence and provide real help for living with a stammer in daily life and in areas such as public speaking, presentation skills, stress management, etc.
We will also have workshops for parents of children who have a stammer.
The day is free of charge and kicks off at 10am with a free lunch and free tea/coffee served throughout the day. The day is open to people with a stammer, their friends/family and interested organisations.
The full programme for the day will be available shortly.
The Open Day has been made possible due to funding from Awards for All at the Big Lottery Fund.
Phote below of the venue.
On Tuesday 1 August, from 7pm in the Grand Central Hotel, we will be holding a mini event with Professor Paul Cooke and his Speech and Language Therapy students from Michigan State University to share experiences about stammering from Scotland and the USA. Glasgow Group members will be sharing their experiences of what life is like with a stammer and Professor Cooke who has a stammer himself will be talking about his work and that of his students, who are keen to learn about stammering from a Scottish perspective. Full details below and there will even be a free hot buffet for everyone to enjoy as well! Everyone welcome.
A huge thank you to Callum Black who is taking part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk to raise money for our charity. If you would like to show your support by sponsoring Adam, please visit his fundraising page at the following address: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=CallumJohnBlack4ScottishStammeringNetwork
Photo of Callum Black
In the past month, the Scottish Stammering Network have been contacted by people who have gone to their GP to ask to be referred to NHS Speech and Language therapy for their stammer. On one occasion a GP told the person that the NHS does not provide services for stammering. Another person was told by their GP that their stammer was not severe enough to get therapy for. This is unacceptable.
We have spoken with NHS Speech Therapists who are shocked GPs are behaving in this way. GPs have no way to judge how severe a person's stammer is or the effect it is having on a persons life in a 10 minute appointment. Only a Speech Therapist can make an accurate assessment but some GPs are stopping people who stammer being referred on for speech therapy, due to ignorance of the system and service provided by their Health Boards.
Therefore, we are taking our concerns to the Scottish Government and the NHS but to do so we need to gather more evidence. If you have ever received Speech and Language Therapy or been denied access to therapy by a GP, please fill in our survey.
We are delighted to announce that the third meeting of our new Fife Support Group will be held on Tuesday 15th November at 7pm till 9pm in the upstairs meeting room of De Brus Brewery, 25 Canmore Street, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 7NU. Joe Shahamat will be running the group and will be there to greet everyone on arrival. The meeting is free to attend with a free hot buffet on arrival, as well as tea/coffee/biscuits, all provided for free as well.
Photo above of De Brus Brewery where the meeting will be held.