Contact your University or Students’ Union’s Speech and Language Therapy Society. On campus these groups often work to arrange Giving Voice events and activities, telling other students about the work of speech and language therapists and the difficulties that people with communication needs and swallowing difficulties face. If you don’t have a speech and language society at your university, why not consider setting one up? They’re a great way to meet up with your fellow students, and get support from your university, your lecturers and your students’ union in your campaigning efforts.
Spread the message amongst your fellow students. You’re studying with the next generation of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, lawyers and teachers. Tell them how important speech and language therapy is now, so they continue to support the profession when they graduate.
Work with your placement team to get involved in their Giving Voice events and activities. Offer to help with the organisation and planning of their events. Showing initiative and helping placement teams to Give Voice will help you learn new skills, which you can use when you graduate.
It’s also a great way to meet other therapists in your setting, and work together with members of the multi-disciplinary team.
Do you have a job, or volunteer with service users outside of university? Why not encourage them to get involved in the campaign. Visit our service users page for more information about how users of speech and language therapy services can get involved in the campaign.
For more information about how you can get involved download our guide to Giving Voice for Students and Newly Qualified Practitioners here.