Monday, 9 July 2018

Assessment weekend 2018

Totally blown away by all the young people we met this weekend. Bravely taking the first steps towards their best hopes. Assessment weekend done....can't wait for course!! #stammer #stutter #residential #brave

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Support us- sponsor Alex!!



Support The Fluency Trust and sponsor Alex on this epic 12+ mile race with 30-35 obstacles- this beast tests everything you're made of strength, endurance & resolve 
visit www.thefluencytrust.org.uk and hit donate #stammer #stutter #spartan#fundraising #givingvoice

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

My Skern Lodge Experience


To most people, speech and conversation is a basic way of life and it’s the same with me, the only difference is speech and conversation are a lot more difficult for me and others like me. Having a stammer is like having a bird inside your throat; it flutters your words and breaks down your sentence.

I’m at home with my parents because, for some reason, knowing someone your entire life makes it easier to speak. I guess if you know they’re not going to judge you then you’re less afraid to speak in front of and to them. Then there are the ‘other’ people; people from outside your family who you can never be sure will or will not comment or insult your stammer. The real problem for me was that I would rush my sentences; I would try to get each sentence out as quickly as possible so as to avoid prolonging the thing that made me nervous.

I first started stammering at quite a young age. It was frustrating, nothing else but purely frustrating. My family and I finally decided to do something about it, we went to see someone. I don’t remember her name but I remember what it was like. Instead of having someone saying “stop stammering” or “slowdown” she simply said nothing about my stammer that she didn’t need to and she listened like I was giving a perfectly normal sentence. In fact the only time the word stammer even came up was in questions like “how do you feel about your stammer” and “on a scale of one to ten, how bad do you think your stammer is”. Then the proposition for a week away at a stammering course came up. Now of course I wanted to cut my stammer out completely which is one reason I immediately signed up. However, there was another, quite concrete reason for my wanting to go; it looked absolutely amazing fun.
                                                            
The first time I met other people like me was at Swindon. There was myself, Edward, Ellie, Ben, Kieran, Lewis, Patrick, Rachael and Seb. We were the older pupils, everyone older than the blockbuster (the younger ones basically). The two other members of our group were Claire and Lowri, Claire was our speech therapist and Lowri I believe was there to observe us. 

The bus ride was long, quite long, but it gave us all a chance to get to know each other. It was refreshing to talk someone who had more or less the same trouble as me and could sympathise with me. Many people make the mistake of saying “its ok, lots of people have stammers worse than you” what they don’t realize is that often people don’t care about other people problems, they only care about absolving their problems. I was glad to see this was not the case in Skern lodge. 

There were two parts to the course, the mental analysis of stammering or group time which looked at the issues and mental blocks tied with stammering, and then we had the outdoor activities. Now I’m guessing that most speech and language therapists focus mainly on the psychological basis of stammering, however, at Skern lodge things were done differently. It’s only now that I realize why we did what we did. It’s best if I explain more thoroughly. One of the activities we had to complete was an obstacle course, but we had to complete each part as a team. Now teamwork requires communication and communication requires confidence. Can you see where I’m going with this? Maybe another example; the most important obstacle for me was the climbing wall. I don’t remember the exact size of the wall but it was big, very big, definitely bigger than a house and possibly bigger than a small hill. If I’m being hyperbolic, there is a very good reason for this; I am terrified of heights, so climbing up this wooden mountain was not exactly my idea of a fun hobby. Still, I did it, I climbed the wall and it literally felt I was defying gravity.

The Fluency Trust’s idea was to have the candidates overcome their fears in the physical world so as to make it easier to overcome their fears on the mental plane. It worked to great effectiveness; everything did, the outdoor activities, the group time and the free time. I was once asked if my expectations of this course were fulfilled, my response was no, my expectations were to cut my stammer out of me completely but what instead happened was something much better; I learnt how to accept and work with my stammer. A few weeks after I left Skern I was invited by Lowrto give an interview presentation and I loved it. I felt like Ghandi or Martin Luther King Jr, it may be a slight exaggeration but my point still stands.

To find out more about The Fluency Trust’s residential courses please visit www.thefluencytrust.org.uk 

Monday, 21 May 2018

Paula Adamson raises £270 for The Fluency Trust

The Fluency Trust would like to thank Paula Adamson, for raising an amazing £270 running the Bristol 10k. A much needed boost for us. 

Paula said-'I wish to give something back to The Fluency Trust. Last year my son attended their residential course at Skern Lodge,North Devon. The course made a huge difference to his life and taught us, his family, a great deal about the challenges of living with a stammer.
On the 13th May 2018 I will be taking part in the Bristol 10K. This will be the furthest distance I have raced for 12 years! and quite a personal challenge. I will have to ditch those "junk thoughts" and harness some "cool thoughts" to get around the course,
Please help The Fluency Trust change the lives of other youngsters again this summer and keep their courses running by sponsoring me in this challenge'. 

If you would like to donate to the Fluency Trust please click our donate button on www.thefluencytrust.org.uk 


Thursday, 19 April 2018

Bristol 10k

Let's support Paula- fundraising for our wonderful charity- Thank you 😀

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/fluency-trust-swindon

Friday, 13 April 2018

Places on our 2018 Residential Course are filling up fast- visit www.thefluencytrust.org.uk for  information and referrals....

Sunday, 14 January 2018

We Need You!!

To be able to keep running our wonderful residential courses, we need your help...
*Could you offer your time and join our small committee to help with fundraising ideas? We meet 4x per year.
*Could you help with Auction or raffle prizes for our upcoming ball in November?
*Could you donate directly to The Fluency Trust via our website?
*Perhaps you can help us in another way....
If you think you can help please let us know either through facebook or email (see our website for details) Thank you!