Friday, 24 August 2018

Thoughts from our Mentor Ben

 'I learnt that we all have amazing qualities apart from our stammers and we should not let the stammer define us' 

Each year The Fluency Trust offer the opportunity for a young person to return on the course as a mentor, to share their experiences and support others.
This year Ben joined us as mentor, spending time with both the Teens group and the Blockbuster group. His support was valuable and we really appreciate all his efforts.

Here are some thoughts from Ben

In my time at Skern Lodge as a mentor, I met amazing young people and learnt that my stammer is all about perspective. From being taught football by eleven year olds, supporting both teens and blockbusters in therapy and being capsized three times during kayaking (don’t worry it is safe), I learnt that we all have amazing qualities apart from our stammers and we should not let the stammer define us. Instead, we should focus on our positives. I have been privileged to help them realise this and although being a mentor was difficult (pretending to know what you are doing in front of young people is never easy), it was a rewarding experience. Good luck to the future.

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