love & language

make life rich


love & language

make life rich

love & language

make life rich

What we do:


Chatter Matters changes lives by building communication skills in those who need it most.

We help the homeless get back on their feet.

We teach listening and reading skills to men and women in prison.

We assist with the important bonding of incarcerated parents with their children.

And we show it’s never too early or late for people to discover the joy of reading and writing.

Why we do it:

Communication is the key to healthy and successful lives.

It is the ability to share one’s mind.

The way to join in.

The voice in ‘having a voice’.

The freedom in ‘freedom of speech’.

And most importantly, communication is the doorway

to education, employment and positive relationships.

Welcome to you, Robin Banks. Our new Chair.

And with equal gratitude and delight, we welcome you, Becky Shrimpton!

We all look forward to working with you both.

“Many members of our community cannot read and write well enough to navigate the activities of daily life.

They cannot read the street signs or fill in forms at the doctor’s surgery. They don’t understand the information on the electoral enrolment form, and are unable to complete the census. They don’t know which bottle is shampoo and which is conditioner; cannot read the menu in a café or the labels on pill bottles; don’t understand the bus timetable; and ignore important letters.

Too often they feel “stupid”; self-esteem around their ankles. Their vocabularies are weak and they can’t express themselves. They often get frustrated and end up taking an oppositional stance toward authority. Or they passively withdraw and make themselves small. They might wear themselves out in hard-labour jobs, which are the only jobs they can get. If they get a job at all. Or they drift into a life of crime.

The consequences of poor communication skills are grave for them. And for society.”

Rosalie Martin, Speech Pathologist and Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2017.

Chatter Matters and Island magazine

Chatter Matters and Island magazine, one of Australia’s leading literature journals, are celebrating their two-year partnership with this special – and free – collection of seven essays, written by individuals who have successfully come through an adult literacy program implemented or championed by Chatter Matters. The stories and insights are wonderful. Read on…

Our Projects

Talking Communication with Helen Shield

Communication, criminology, neuroplasticity… and interesting snippets of speech pathology, wellbeing, learning and social justice.

Just Time: Circle of Security Parent DVD®

The Just Time project is about how the bond of love and positive emotion forms the basis of secure attachment between a parent and a child.

Island Magazine

Island magazine and Chatter Matters partnered in early 2015 to raise awareness of the lived-experiences of those who have not been able to learn to read easily.

Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2017

We are so honoured for our founder Rosie Martin to have been named Tasmanian Australian of the Year for 2017 from amongst a wonderful group of Tasmanian finalists.

We are thrilled about the incredible opportunity this honour provides in directing some public attention towards the important work of our prison literacy project Just Sentences, and the role that speech pathology has in justice and social equity.

Together we can make a significant difference through literacy

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