About the British Stammering Association
BSA is the national organisation for adults and children who stammer, run by people who stammer.
|Have Your Say on the BSA
BSA's Development Committee, nicknamed The Stammering Dragons' Den, is seeking input from members.
Vision, mission, values | How we make a difference | How we work | How to join | Documents and legal
The Charity Trustees and our Members have agreed the following Vision, Mission, and Values statements:
Our vision: A WORLD THAT UNDERSTANDS STAMMERING
to initiate and support research into stammering
to identify and promote effective therapies
to offer support to all whose lives are affected by stammering
to promote awareness of stammering
In terms of dealing with our members, beneficiaries, fellow charities and other stakeholders, BSA aims to be:
selfless and generous spirited;
trustful and widely trusted;
informal and largely un-bureaucratic;
inclusive and non-discriminatory;
collaborative rather than competitive;
and passionate about our aims.
Who are the BSA trustees...?
Results of BSA members consultation - members' views on what are the most important issues of concern.
How we make a difference
|Helping children under 5
There is overwhelming evidence that speech therapy can produce remarkable results for children under 5 years. Our previous campaigns on Early Intervention have led to many more young children seeing a speech therapist at the appropriate time. Our most recent project 'Every Child's Chance of Fluency' demonstrated that providing an excellent service for pre-school children, a service that will offer them the best chance of complete recovery from stammering, does not have to be hugely expensive.
|Helping children and teachers in schools
Our online education resource for teachers and school staff, www.stammeringineducation.net, houses online updated versions of all our education CDs for England and Scotland, produced by BSA Education Officer Cherry Hughes. In late August 2011, we also launched our Expert Parent resource, www.stammeringineducation.net/expertparent, which gives parents detailed guidance on getting the best support for their child during preschool and school years. For more, see Our Education Officer.
|Information and support for adults
BSA makes a real difference. Services for adults include contact with other people who stammer, social and support groups, information on employment issues, self-help and therapy, and the postal lending library. We do as much as we can to enable adults of all backgrounds and ages to get the most out of life in a world that takes fluent speech for granted.
|Free Information and support service
Parents of stammering children, teenagers and adults who stammer, friends, spouses, teachers, health visitors and employers can speak in person about any issue or concern related to stammering.
This service is available in daytime and evening hours. We receive thousands of enquiries a year from our helpline and email service and we post free information packs as requested. (Information and support service)
We provide information on the different types of therapy, new approaches to therapy, links to useful websites, and new research and technology. Our website is an ideal way to access help and information about stammering. It removes the barriers to asking for help, making communication easier for those who need it most.
How we work
Our policies are decided by our General Committee. This is made up mainly of people elected from the membership, and serving as the Charity Trustees under the Charities Act. The Trustees carefully identify the important needs of people who stammer. See our current trustees.
Specialists, staff and volunteers
The Trustees are able to call on a panel of specialist speech and language therapists to advise them. Professional staff members are employed to implement the policies, assisted by volunteers from the membership.
Run by people who stammer
All members have the right to vote, and to stand for election as a Trustee. However, the general rule is that a majority of the Trustees must be people who stammer. This enables BSA to draw on all those willing to bring their talents and commitment to the Association, whilst still being an organisation run by people who stammer.
BSA's patrons are Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Sir Andrew Bowden MBE, Dame Margaret Drabble DBE, John McAllion, David Mitchell, Nicholas Parsons LL.D. OBE, Arwel Richards, Jon Smith, and Baroness Whitaker.
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The British Stammering Association is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England No. 4297778. Its registered office is 15 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PJ.
It is a charity registered in England and Wales no 1089967, and in Scotland no SC038866. Prior to incorporation, the association was first registered as a charity in 1978.
How to contact BSA
How to get to us - maps.
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