Founded in 1978, the British Stammering Association is a registered charity. Our mission is to support anyone who stammers in the UK and tackle the stigma, ignorance and discrimination that people who stammer often face so that they can live their life in full and with dignity.
We 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 our latest and, to date, our largest awareness campaign.
We operate a free, confidential and anonymous helpline at 0808 802 0002, open weekdays 10am-12pm and 6pm-8pm. Open to anyone in the UK, our helpline is staffed by people who understand what it is to stammer. We are here to listen, help people find the information they need, talk through options and practise speaking on the phone.
We run a bi-annual conference, we organise open days and family days, and on this site you'll find information for parents, employers, teachers, Speech and Language Therapists and, of course, for people who stammer.
If you live in the UK and are aged over 16, then do become a BSA member (it's free). The BSA is a membership organisation with our members playing a key role in how the charity is governed and run. A membership organisation, we are governed by a Board of Trustees, made up primarily by people who stammer, according to our Articles of Association. Trustees are either elected by members or appointed by fellow Board members.
If you're under 16 or not based in the UK, then you can sign up to our mailing list and we'll keep you up-to-date with our news, accomplishments and events.
The BSA is a broad church and we're here to support anyone who stammers in the UK. We don't believe there is any one path that everyone who stammers should take. Our membership includes firm followers of the McGuire Programme, fans of City Lit and those who swear by meditation. We support those who passionately believe there should be no need to hide or control their stammer as well as those who seek more fluent or smoother speech. We can help people find out more about the therapies and techniques available to help them to become more confident in their speech. We are also here to raise awareness about stammering in the general public so that the hurdles that people who stammer face are more widely understood.
We believe that people shouldn't feel under pressure to hide their stammer, or be held back by it. This site has information on your rights in school and at work. If you want to meet other people who stammer then this site will help guide you to locals groups as well as online communities and forums.
We are people who stammer and people who don't: parents of children who stammer, Speech and Language Therapists, GPs, teachers, employers, HR professionals and creatives.