The Durham Stammering Support Group was established in January 2009. If you are over 18 and live in County Durham or Darlington (excluding Easington) the group can offer you:
"I've been attending the Stammering Self-Help Group since October last year and I've found it to be a valuable support in coping with my stammer. Everyone has made me feel so welcome it's something I'd definitely recommend to anyone who has a stammer and feels they need to speak to someone who not only listens but understands. Thank you!"Craig
The group was formed because clients receiving therapy wished to meet up with other people who stammered. They were feeling isolated and wanted to talk about their stammering with people who had the same experience.
The group is small, currently 5-6 members, Speech Therapists also attend. Student Speech and Language Therapists are occasionally in attendance at the support group meetings as this is a vital part of their learning experience.
There is no charge to attend and parking is free. Refreshments are available.
"I came to the group to meet other people in the same predicament as myself. I have made some good friends at these meetings,its all very relaxing and informal Fully recommended for anybody else wanting to come along." Duane Cox, Bishop Auckland
The group provides an opportunity for people who stammer to talk about their stammer and any issues that arise in a safe and supportive atmosphere. There is no pressure to talk and it’s always ok to stammer.
Group meetings may involve discussion around a particular topic, eg being open about your stammer or how to reduce avoidances. We also encourage Speaking Circles as a way to build confidence in speaking to a group but there is no pressure on individuals to do this.
"I've found the group very supportive and refreshing it's good to talk and mix with people who stammer"Paul, Chester Le Street
Group members are encouraged to practice their preferred fluency techniques or to give voluntary stammering a go. We like to be guided by individuals needs so, for example, if a member needed practice before an interview or a presentation , the group can help to build confidence and provide encouragement.
Individuals also bring their own skills and talents to the group and in the past we have had some very interesting drama and role play sessions.
In the future if fundraising permits we would like to invite guest speakers.
Speech Therapy is available for adults in County Durham and Darlington at all the main hospital sites, click the link to read further information about accessing speech therapy for adults.