About Us

Trustees & Members of the British Stammering Association: four people sitting outside, looking to camera.

STAMMA, the British Stammering Association, is the UK national charity for people who stammer (or stutter) and those that support them. 

We 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.

What do we do?

Founded in 1978, our mission is to lead a movement to change how the world views stammering, while supporting and empowering people who stammer.

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 on 0808 802 0002, and webchat (open weekdays 10am-12 noon & 6pm-8pm). Open to anyone in the UK, these are staffed by people who understand what it is to stammer. We are here to listen, help you find the information you need, talk through options, practise speaking on the phone, or just chat.

We run a bi-annual conference, we organise workshops, open days and family days, and on this site you'll find information for parents, employers, teachers, SLTs, lecturers & tutors and, of course, for people who stammer.

What do we believe?

STAMMA 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 and the Starfish Project, fans of City Lit, those who swear by meditation, and those who don't feel the need for therapy.

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 faced by people who stammer 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 join local groups, professional networks and online communities

Awards

Awards since becoming STAMMA in 2018:

Third Sector Excellence Awards 2021
Communications Campaign: Find the Right Words (Winner)

Purpose Awards 2020
Best Public Awareness Cause (Highly Commended)

Third Sector Excellence Awards 2020
Volunteer of the Year: John Russell (Winner)
Chair of the Year: Tim Fell (Winner)
Brand Development: Zag Agency (Winner)

Creative Circle Awards 2021
Best Digital Campaign, Best Low-Budget Idea: Find the Right Words, VMLY&R Agency (Silver)

Join us

If you're 16+ and live in the UK, do Become a Member for free. STAMMA is a membership organisation with our members playing a key role in how the charity is governed and run. 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 UK-based you can sign up to our mailing list in the footer and we'll keep you updated with our news, accomplishments and events. 

Join us in creating a better world for people who stammer.

STAMMA, the British Stammering Association, is a registered charity (nos: 1089967/SC038866).