About the Michael Palin Centre

Our partners

The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering is supported by Whittington Health NHS Trust, the Stuttering Foundation , Action for Stammering Children, and the Whittington Health Charity.

Find out about how each of these organisations helps us in the work we do at the Centre.

Whittington Health NHS Trust

NHS Whittington Health runs the Michael Palin Centre. Whittington Health covers the Whittington Hospital as well as community services across Islington and Haringey and children’s speech and language therapy services in Camden and Barnet. The Michael Palin Centre sits within the Children and Young People’s directorate in Islington community services. The Centre’s therapy team are a part of the Whittington Health speech and language therapy service within the Allied Health Professionals workforce. Whittington Health provides the professional structure and management for the Centre as well as IT, Human Resources, Estates and Financial Services.

MPC is proud to be a part of the NHS and we are very grateful to Whittington Health for the support they provide.

The Stuttering Foundation (SF)

The Stuttering Foundation, under the leadership of its President Jane Fraser FRCSLT, has supported the Michael Palin Centre and been a partner in our work since 2006. This unique collaboration, brokered by the late Joe Fulcher, SF Board Member and husband of Jane Fraser, has resulted in ongoing substantial, annual, support for our clinical, teaching and research programme.

The MPC would like to thank the Stuttering Foundation for funding the development of this website.


Action for Stammering Children (ASC)

The charity Action for Stammering Children was founded in 1989 by Travers Reid, a successful businessman and person who stammers, and Lena Rustin, a well-known expert therapist in stammering. Their wish was to support assessment and therapy services for children who stammer and their families, and support research into stammering. In the past Action for Stammering Children has contributed towards the funding of the Centre’s assessment and therapy services and also supported its helpline, teaching and research programme.

In 2011 Action for Stammering children acquired our current premises and subsequently extended the building to provide a flexible space which is used for training and therapy.

The team at the Michael Palin Centre will always be grateful to Action for Stammering Children for their support.

Whittington Health Charity

The Whittington Health Charity works alongside NHS Whittington Health to use philanthropy to bring greater benefits to both patients and staff, making a difference to hundreds of thousands of people each year. The Whittington Health Charity supports the Michael Palin Centre by fundraising for the Centre and by managing charitable donations to the Centre. We look forward to developing this new partnership with the Whittington Charity team, led by Sam Lister.


The Malcolm Fraser Room

One of the Centre’s therapy rooms is The Malcolm Fraser Room, named after the Stuttering Foundation’s founder. His daughter, Jane Fraser, has been an ardent supporter and promoter of our work, contributing personally to the purchase of the Centre’s new premises in 2011. Through Jane our therapists have been invited to contribute to the SF’s extensive teaching programme for specialists in stammering, and its online library of resources, many of which are translated into multiple languages. The Stuttering Foundation also supported this website in order to expand knowledge about stammering, which is one of its core aims.

The vision of the Stuttering Foundation is, above all, to help children and young people who stammer and their families. It is a vision which we share and it is an honour and a privilege to work in partnership together.

About the Michael Palin Centre

Sometimes you just need someone to talk to


Sometimes you just need someone to talk to

Our Helpline, 020 3316 8100, is open during office hours (9am-5pm) and voicemail messages can be left when the office is closed.

“It helped me to realise that I’m not alone and that there is help out there.”


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Charitable donations to the Michael Palin Centre are administered by The Whittington Health Charity, Registered Charity Number 1056452 www.whittingtonhealthcharity.org. For this purpose alone, The Whittington Health Charity will also hold your details. We take your privacy seriously and will never sell or swap your details with other third parties. You can withdraw your consent to be contacted at any time by calling 020 3316 8100 or by emailing [email protected] Information about how the Trust protects personal data is set out in our privacy policy.
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