Red Nose Day
Selective Mutism Information and Research Association (SMIRA)
To fund advocacy work among health professionals and the general public.
SMIRA helps families with children who have Selective Mutism (SM). This means they are able to speak at home but due to overwhelming anxiety cannot do so in unfamiliar environments such as at school. SMIRA supports both parents and children, providing information through handouts and their website.
During the past few years SMIRA has printed handouts, ‘Silent Children’ books and circulated awareness raising and support DVDs. Their grant from Red Nose Day Community Cash helped their awareness raising campaign to be substantially increased in scope.
Alice Sluckin, Charity Founder and Chair, said; ‘The grant enabled the charity to make increased impact, both locally and nationally.’
Since receiving funding, SMIRA were able to issue improved information material to local health care professionals, GPs, teachers and support staff in schools. It is anticipated this will have a positive effect on how professionals will handle SM cases they come across both now and in the future.