Group for people who stammer launches Lowestoft meeting

PUBLISHED: 14:45 06 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:39 07 February 2013

Lowestoft John Thompson who is organising an event for people who suffer from a  stammer.

Lowestoft John Thompson who is organising an event for people who suffer from a stammer.

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A support group for people who stammer has launched a new regular meeting in Lowestoft.

The East Suffolk and Norfolk Support Group for People who Stammer will meet in the town for the first time on February 18 at the Ink House Studios, Rotterdam Road, from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

The group currently meets once a month at The Rushcutters Inn in Thorpe St Andrew.

Future meetings will be held on alternate months in each location.

John Thompson from Oulton Broad has stammered all his life and launched the group in 2006. He said the new meeting had been started for two reasons.

“Firstly, it is understood that Norwich might be too far for some,” he said. “Secondly, as stammering can cause social anxiety, a pub might be the last place many want to go and they are the ones who most need the group’s help.

“Those who want to talk about the problems and possibly the distress that stammering is causing them can do so in a quiet place with those who understand.”

The first Lowestoft meeting will include a talk by youngest group member Sarah Bloomfield, 19. Mr Thompson said the aim was to give members in public speaking, but stressed that no one would be pressurised to do anything before they felt ready.

Adults and children who stammer, their families and people with a professional interest in the condition are all welcome to attend.

Anyone who would like speak with Mr Thompson before attending a meeting can contact him on 01502 581481, 07854 650246 or by email at

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