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We want to gather and share the experiences of people who stammer and help them tell their personal stories.

Everyone is different and stammers are notoriously unique and unpredictable. It’s what makes stammering interesting and frustrating. Many people haven’t ever told anyone about their stammer or explained what it means to them. It can be an awkward topic of conversation so some people have never had the opportunity to speak about their speech.

We believe that being open about stammering we can end the stigma and begin valuable conversations about what makes good communication skills and great communications cultures.

If you’ve got a story you’d like to share and add to our collection, just get in touch

  • I never stammered until I had two epileptic seizures

    June 8, 2018 by

    As part of our series sharing the voices of people who stammer,  Richard Roaf from the Home Office talks about how he started stammering late in life. My names Richard Roaf, and I’ve just turned 49.  My journey (don’t you hate that word, lol) is probably different to a lot of peoples, as I got my… Read more

  • “1% of you stammer”

    March 28, 2018 by

    Charlie Barnes, from the Department of Work and Pensions delivered a talk this month about his speech and as part of our series to share the stories of people who stammer, he’s shared his speaking notes. Talk to Strategy Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions 14 March 2018 My name is Charlie Barnes. I’m a… Read more

  • Fighting stammering stigma by changing our words

    December 8, 2017 by

    Guest blog by Patrick Campbell, a British Stammering Association trustee, who has written a paper challenging the way people describe stammering and unwittingly contribute to stigma. A diverse and inclusive workplace is being increasingly appreciated to be vital to maximising the abilities and talents of all employees. In a recent blog post, Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet… Read more

  • It’s OK, it’s my birthmark

    October 31, 2017 by

    As part of our series sharing the voices of people who stammer,  Mo Rahman from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy talks for the first time about his relationship with his stammer. As far as I can remember, I have had a stammer since I was 7 yrs old.  As I became aware… Read more

  • New guide on stammering for employers

    October 31, 2017 by

    The Civil Service, a member of the Employers Stammering Network, is committed to providing help and guidance to all staff who have or work with someone who stammers. But it can often be difficult to know what help to give or how to approach the subject. As everyone who stammers knows, there are many misconceptions… Read more

  • How I brought my whole self to work

    July 7, 2017 by

    Paul Barrett from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, part of our network of ambassadors, explains what it means to ‘bring his whole self to work’ as someone who stammers.     The department values were launched recently, promoting inclusiveness and inviting everyone to “bring their whole selves to work”. But what might… Read more

  • My mission was to hide my stammer at all costs

    April 12, 2017 by

    Angela Morgan from the Department of Work and Pensions opens up about her covert stammer. For those colleagues who know me, you would potentially describe me as confident, wears nice shoes and doesn’t stop talking. What most of you don’t know is that I have a covert stammer. Well, there you have it – I… Read more

  • Supporting civil servants who stammer

    February 17, 2017 by

    “Stammering is a complex neurological disorder that is often misunderstood. A stammer can affect each person in very different ways and at different times in their life and career. The Civil Service is committed to supporting everyone at all grades to feel confident to express themselves, regardless of fluency. By supporting stammerers, we can improve our communications culture across all departments and show it’s the quality of what you have to say, not how you say it, that matters.”

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