Trust-backed stammering initiative Hear in Hull receives overwhelmingly positive feedback

A Trust-backed arts project promoting understanding of how to listen to people who stammer has received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Hear in Hull, an initiative involving Humber NHS Foundation Trust speech and language therapists Ruth Edwards and Siobhan Ward, charity Artlink and Hull UK City of Culture 2017, has been branded “brilliant” and “inspirational”.  

Launched last month during International Stammering Awareness Week, the Big Lottery Fund-backed initiative, part of the City of Culture’s Creative Communities Programme, includes messages from people who stammer and sound recordings of people from Hull listening and reacting to someone who stammers.

An animation based on conversations with people who stammer and portraits by art students of famous people who stammer are also included, along with posters and leaflets bearing messages such as “It’s ok to stammer”, “Listen to the message, not the stammer” and “What I want you to know about my speech”.

One comment received at the launch, held at Hull Truck Theatre, said, “Inspiring – the start of a new era

while another declared

An inspirational and very moving project promoting a greater understanding of people who stammer

Much of the feedback praised the animation, which involved young people, with one saying

Fantastic animation. These children have a voice, a message – it was great to hear it. Their therapists are a tour de force

Another remarked:

Today has taught me to be more aware of people who stammer and listen more. What an amazing animation

One of the most heart-warming comments came from a parent of a child involved in the project, who said:

I am very proud and so happy to have been part of this

Teresa Cope, the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, said she was “delighted” by the overwhelmingly positive feedback.

She said:

It’s a fitting tribute to Ruth and Siobhan and their partners from Artlink and the City of Culture. They’ve used their creative expertise to raise awareness and understanding so people who stammer can have their voices heard. It’s wonderful that the people of Hull have shown they are willing to listen