The Giving Voice campaign aims to ‘give voice’ to people with speech, language and communication needs – to ensure their requirements, and those of their carers and families are met. Our aim is to demonstrate how speech and language therapy makes a difference to individuals and the broader society across the UK.
Giving Voice helps speech and language therapy services to demonstrate their unique value to national and local decision makers, while showing evidence of their efficiency and value for money.
Campaigning’ is a very broad term, describing everything from a community group getting together to petition against the closure of a local swimming pool, to a presidential election campaign which reverberates around the globe.
The Giving Voice campaign looks different wherever RCSLT members pick up and run with the concept. However, by promoting the four principal messages below, our collective activity contributes towards a groundswell of awareness and appreciation of the role of speech and language therapy in our communities.
Our key messages:
- Speech and language therapists (SLTs) 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.
Giving Voice broke new ground for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and we hope it marks the start of an exciting journey for you too. Thank you for finding the time and energy to learn more about the campaign and do explore this site – full of useful resources to help you raise awareness about your profession.