The British Stammering Association is the only national charity helping both adults and children who stammer. Originally established as a registered charity in 1978, its mission is to offer support to all whose lives are affected by stammering.
From a small organisation, run by volunteers, it has developed into a truly national charity, running several projects and campaigns and employing a small team of permanent of staff, assisted by dedicated volunteers. Its Constitution, adopted in 2001, affirms BSA's core value: to be an association for people who stammer, run by people who stammer.
BSA Scotland, our Scottish branch, has been established since 2004. Its aim is to support and service the individual needs of people in Scotland who stammer.
'A World that Understands Stammering'
- Helpline offering impartial information, support and a listening ear.
- An education service, offering advice to teachers and parents on the best ways to support the child who stammers. Online training resources for education staff at www.stammeringineducation.net.
- A series of informative publications for adults, teenagers and children who stammer, as well as employers, health professionals, parents, partners and teachers.
- A website www.stammering.org with an unrivalled depth of information on the subject of stammering, as well as links to other web sites around he world.
- A commitment, through the Research Committee, of eminent speech and language therapists and researchers, to initiate and support research into stammering. The Research Committee can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BSA welcomes membership from anyone interested in the issue of stammering. Membership is available for those aged 16 or over, and the current annual subscription fee is £15 (£5 concessions). Your membership will support the BSA in its work to support all whose lives are affected by stammering.
- A share in the running of the charity through elections to the Board of Trustees.
- Access to the BSA lending library and various self-help schemes, such as the 'Telephone Link Scheme' and the 'Telephone Support Group'.
- Free copies of the quarterly magazine 'Speaking Out', the world's leading lay magazine on stammering, and regular information mailings.
- Invitations to Open Days and the Annual National Conference, as well as up-to-date information on other events such as talks by leading practitioners in the field and other national and international events.
- Opportunities to take part in social and awareness-raising events.