NEWS: Two ASC Youth Panel members join Board of Trustees

We are delighted to share news that two Action for Stammering Children Youth Panel members have joined our Board of Trustees.

Joe Allen and Zain Ghani have been a part of our charity since 2015 when they joined in the launch of our Youth Panel. Throughout the years both have dedicated a great deal of time to our charity as we worked together on our shared aim of giving a voice to the estimated 150,000 UK children and young people who stammer. 

Dame Jane Roberts, Chair of Trustees said:

“It is fantastic that we have Zain and Joe from the Youth Panel joining Action for Stammering Children’s Board of Trustees!  Both bring a richness of experience in raising awareness of stammering as well as vigour and enthusiasm – an enormous asset to the board.”

Both have achieved great things with ASC. Amongst a plethora of fundraising and activity, they both launched the ‘Stamback in Time’ project as well as the Youth Panel website. Joe has appeared on the radio and recently attended the press night of Wonder Boy at Bristol Old Vic, writing a glowing review of the show’s representation of stammering. Zain has also been a vocal advocate for young people who stammer, meeting with Speech & Language Therapists in training about his lived experience of stammering. Throughout both their respective studies and work commitments they have remained active and passionate members of the ASC family.

Zain said: “I am very excited and fortunate to be starting my new adventure as a Trustee Board Member with ASC. This is an amazing opportunity for me to sit in a strategic position in raising the awareness of stammering with a national charity. 

Joe said: “Having volunteered with the charity for several years now, I am delighted to have been appointed a Trustee. As a stammerer ASC is a charity extremely close to my heart, and I can’t wait to get stuck in and serve the charity in this new role”

“ASC has given me so many opportunities to help the cause of stammering awareness as well as stretch my own comfort zones and increase my confidence. Being a Trustee marks another example of this and I cannot thank the charity enough for putting their confidence in me”.

Empowering, engaging and educating the public on stammering is my approach and ethos. Supporting children and young people to live the life they want without letting their stammer hold them back is one of my life goals, and I feel this new role is a big step closer in my achieving this.”

We welcome them both to the board and look forward to the coming years ahead as we continue to change the lives of thousands of children and young people who stammer. 

By Connor Tregunna

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