Giving Voice Award Ceremony 2011

The Giving Voice Awards took place on Tuesday 18th October after the Mass Mobilisation Westminster Rally. The evening was a great success and we would like to thank everyone who was involved.

The Awards recognise the work of our most outstanding campaigners and never before has the phrase ‘it’s the taking part that counts’ been more true. We launched Giving Voice to raise the profile of Speech and Language Therapists (and service users) and to equip and inspire you to communicate your life-transforming role to decision makers.

The judging panel was very impressed at the high quality of entries and nominations which made their final decisions increasingly difficult. Congratulations to all the Award Winners and those who received Highly Commended commendations, names of which can be found below. More information about the Giving Voice Awards and each of the winners will be in the November issue of Bulletin.

Thank you to all of you who took the time to submit your activity report forms, putting you in the running for the SLT service prize for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and the student prize.

Please continue to use the Reporting Activities Survey to let the RCSLT know what local Giving Voice activities you are achieving! The campaign is not over, and it is really important we continue to monitor its impact across the UK.

Watch Geoffrey Rush’s acceptance speech

The Award winners are as follows:

Politician of the Year Award: Robert Buckland MP
Social Media Campaigner of the Year Award: Sophie Jankel
Journalist of the Year Award: Gilly Mathieson – BBC Scotland
Service Award England Highly Commended: Brent Community Paediatric Service: Sunita Shah
Service Award England: The North of Tyne Speech and Language Collaborative
Service Award Scotland: The NHS Forth Valley Giving Voice Team
Service Award Wales: The Speech and Language Therapists of West Wales
Service Award Northern Ireland: The South Eastern Truth Speech and Language Therapy Department
Partner Organisation of the Year Award: Hull York Medical School
Student Campaign of the Year Award: David Curtin
Celebrity Ambassador of the Year Award: Gareth Gates
Service User Champion of the Year Highly Commended: James Gallagher
Service User Champion of the Year Award: Mark Wilson
Outstanding Contribution to Speech and Language Therapy from within the profession of the Year Award: Julie Anne Carr
Outstanding Contribution to Speech and Language Therapy of the Year Award: Mark Logue
Outstanding Contribution to Speech and Language Therapy of the Year Award: Geoffrey Rush.
Watch Geoffrey Rush’s acceptance speech

John Bercow MP, Mark Logue and Gareth Gates

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