FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday 12 September 2018
Hear the Person
New charity campaign speaks out
A hard-hitting campaign showing the real affects of stammering has been launched today (12th September) by the Scottish Stammering Network.
The campaign, called #HearThePerson, comprises six short films and confronts some of the toughest challenges people who stammer have to face.
Stammering is often treated as a disability people are still allowed to mock, with TV and film often characterising people who stammer in a negative way.
People who stammer can receive abuse on a daily basis. The Scottish Stammering Network reports that many of its group members have faced ridicule at work, at school and particularly online. This can have a significant impact on confidence and self-esteem.
The Scottish Stammering Network – a charity registered in Scotland - gained backing from the Big Lottery Fund to produce the digital campaign. #HearThePerson aims to stand up to the bullies, by giving individuals a voice.
The Scottish Stammering Network is the only organisation in Scotland providing free long-term support to adults who stammer. There is no specific government funding given, and stammering therapy on the NHS is a postcode lottery, being provided by only some health boards.
In the first of the six videos, we meet John Macintosh, an English teacher, who reads an open letter to his late father about the heart-breaking reasons behind the decision not to speak at his funeral.
In the emotional film John Macintosh says:
“I let that whole day pass me by without a word, and worse, I pretended it was because there was nothing really to say. Why was I so completely unable to do what had to be done? Because of my stammer. I let it beat me again”
Other videos cover themes including being kicked off a course for having a stammer and the long-term impact of not having support as a child.
James Stewart, Chair of the Scottish Stammering Network, and star of one of the six short films, says:
“Stammering is a condition that is often overlooked in society and as a consequence people who stammer can struggle to have their voice heard. There is little awareness from the general public about what stammering is, and the devastating consequences it can have on someone’s life. Through our #HearThePerson campaign we aim to change this. Our campaign will highlight the person behind the stammer and bring to the fore their real-life experiences, told in their own words.”
Around 1% of all adults across the world are affected by stammering, with men being around four times more likely to stammer than women.
Issued by Electrify Marketing & Communications on behalf of the Scottish Stammering Network
For further information please contact:
Isabelle Salter, Electrify Marketing & Communications
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Scottish Stammering Network started life as a support group in Glasgow in April 2012. The network runs free monthly support group meetings in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife. They also hold free open days with speakers and workshops throughout the year. The next open day is 20th October 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Teacher Building in Glasgow.
The Scottish Stammering Network is a registered charity run by a committee of unpaid volunteers.
Scottish Registered Charity no. SC043815
You might remember at the Edinburgh open day I mentioned a plan to set up a podcast involving a small panel of people. The panel would be made of 4 people (won't necessarily be the same 4 people every podcast). The aim is to have a podcast every two weeks.The 2 aims of the podcast are (a) to be interesting and entertaining and (b) to give listeners the opportunity to listen to people who happen to stammer just talk about things! There's very little opportunity in modern media to hear people who stammer just have a conversation - this will be a platform. The topic of stammering will surely come up now and then but it won't necessarily be the main topic of conversation all the time.
I'm happy to host it in my apartment in Edinburgh (for a start at least) - I've bought a good microphone and I've figured out the recording/editing software. I have an idea for the format (just to give it some structure) which I'll go through in more detail with whoever is keen to give it a go! It will be topic based and we can send around topics to be chatted about in a WhatsApp group in advance.
Chats around each topic will be separated by little clips talking about stammering, stammering pride, experiences, and maybe answers to questions asked by listeners
It would be great to arrange to meet up with a few people who are interested in taking part to record a few clips, chat about logistics and plan for the first podcast.
Let me know if you're interested! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
We are very proud to announce our biggest ever open day which is taking place on Saturday 20 October from 10am to 4pm at the Teacher Building in Glasgow.
We have 100 free tickets available for our day of fantastic speakers and workshops. We will have guest speakers sharing their experiences of living with a stammer and 9 workshops to pick from on the day designed to help provide real support for stammering.
The full programme will be be announced soon. If you would like to attend, please sign up for your free ticket(s) here.
NEW SUPPORT GROUP
We are delighted to announce our first ever group to provide support for parents and carers of children who stammer. The group will be facilitated by Fiona Jack, Speech and Language Therapist from 6pm to 7pm on the first Wednesday or every month at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh.
Bring any questions you have and think about what support you would like. This group is for parents and carers of children who stammer only.
Any questions, please get in touch and the sign up link is below:
Register to attend the Scottish Stammering Network Open Evening on Tuesday 31 July in the Clyde and Queens Suite of the Grand Central Hotel from 7pm.