Giving Voice Mass Mobilisation Events 2011
Giving Voice: Come Together!
Across the UK, RCSLT members are engaging with their local politicians as part of the Giving Voice campaign. By meeting politicians, inviting them to visit local services and attend events, SLTs are getting the message across that speech and language therapy transforms lives. To safeguard the future of SLT services, it is vital that our decision makers understand that speech and language therapy is a cost saving, life transforming service.
Building relationships with politicians happens over time and through a mixture of activities. Last autumn the RCSLT enabled members and their service users across the UK to meet their MP, MSP, AM or MLA as part of our mass lobbies of parliaments across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
These events provided the perfect opportunity for you to build on your local campaigning achievements, and come together as a profession to highlight the essential work you do.
Waking up Westminster to Give Voice!
Westminster Giving Voice Rally and Lobby - 18 October
Thank you to everyone involved in making this day such a success.
Over 250 speech and language therapists traveled from across the UK to Westminster. After an inspiring rally, we set out across Westminster Bridge and had our photo taken opposite Big Ben. Over 100 MPs were met by SLTs and service users over the course of the afternoon. More than 400 tweets were published during the day with the #givingvoiceuk hashtag. The streets around parliament were flooded with participants, and passersby asked questions about the campaign.
Continue to tweet your support using the hashtag #givingvoiceuk and find out more information about how to tweet your MP. Please also keep us informed of any events or press coverage you spot or organise.
On the same evening the RCSLT Honours & Giving Voice Awards Ceremony also took place.
Head over to Holyrood
Edinburgh Giving Voice Event – Lunchtime 26 October
We had a great turnout of 56 campaigners including service users, Speech and Language Therapists and graduates. 16 cross-party MSPs from across Scotland attended the event and met with our campaigners to hear and see for themselves how Speech and Language Therapy transforms lives.
Dr Richard Simpson MSP sponsored the event and made a very interesting speech about SLT issues, and then the campaigners mingled with their local MSPs to tell them firsthand about their experiences.
Thank you to everyone involved for making this event such a success. More photos can be seen on our Facebook Page.
Get in touch with the RCSLT Scotland office.
We welcome you to Westminster
RCSLT Wales Giving Voice Event
This event marked the end of the ‘pass the speech bubble’ campaign, which saw different banners join up after travelling across Wales.
RCSLT Wales celebrated the final day of the campaign at the Welsh Assembly. We invited a small group of SLTs and service users from across Wales to join us for a photo call and lobbying event. We then travelled to London and joint our colleagues in Westminster to let our politicians know that SLT transforms lives. This was a great opportunity to get together after a year of hard campaigning and put SLT on the map for our newest politicians, as well as reminding familiar faces what we do and why!
Photos from the day can be seen on our Facebook Page.
Step into Stormont then join us for a joke-filled celebration
Stormont Lobby 12 September 12-1.30pm
This event has now taken place. Thank you to everyone who was involved in making it such a success. Find out more about how the day went. You can still get involved with Giving Voice in Northern Ireland with our Voice Box Awards below.
Voice Box Awards –Tuesday 8 November
As a finale to this amazing year of Giving Voice, RCSLT Northern Ireland hosted an event to celebrate the art and fun of communication. Primary and post primary pupils from all over NI in both mainstream and special schools were invited to join celebrities and MLAs at the Voice Box Awards. Pupils and other guests performed their best joke in front of the audience and judges and prizes were awarded.
Get in touch with the RCSLT Northern Ireland office.