Giving Voice Guest Post
This week's post is a special guest blog post from speech and language therapist Julie Carr who is activately involved in the RCSLT's Giving Voice campaign. The react2.com team would like to say a huge congratulations to Julie as last week she won the Newly Qualified Practitioner award at the Giving Voice Awards 2012!
Giving Voice is a national campaign, led by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), to raise awareness of the valuable work of the profession. Since its launch, RCSLT members and service users have engaged in a wide range of activities to increase awareness of Speech and Language Therapy. Activities include; lobbying MPs in the Houses of Parliament, flash mobs and communication chains, publications in local media, engaging councillors and MPs at a local level, balloon launches, pub quizzes and a beach party (to name but a few!).
My name is Julie and I am a newly qualified Speech and Language Therapist, living in Northumberland, and I have been actively involved in Giving Voice since January 2011. I regularly update my blog about my campaigning and the importance of speech and language therapy. I also update my twitter (@pinkjules_16) using the #givingvoiceuk hashtag to raise awareness through social media. There’s also a facebook page which supports the campaign
Speech and Language Therapists work with a variety of people from babies through to the elderly. The RCSLT (www.givingvoiceuk.org) believes:
- Speech and language therapists are specialists who enable people to develop or regain vital communication and swallowing skills.
- Problems with speech and language imprison the individual and severely limit their participation in family life, the community, education and the world of work.
- Tackling communication and swallowing problems reduces avoidable costs and waste in the NHS, local authorities, the criminal justice system and the wider economy.
- Urgent changes are needed to support timely access to speech and language therapy for those who need it.
I am passionate about speech and language therapy and believe that everyone has the right to make their voice heard. Speech and language therapists ensure that individuals can eat and drink safely, as well as support them to reach their full communicative potential.
Speech and Language Therapy Transforms Lives.