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”.
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Much of the feedback praised the animation, which involved young people, with one saying
One of the most heart-warming comments came from a parent of a child involved in the project, who said:
Teresa Cope, the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, said she was “delighted” by the overwhelmingly positive feedback.