The RCSLT is launching the Voice Box joke competition for primary school children for the fifth year running for England and Scotland.
More than 5,000 pupils from both mainstream and special schools took part in the 2017-18 competition and 25 children made it through to the final to tell their jokes to a packed audience of politicians and parents.
Over the years, many children have told us that their experience of being involved in the competition had been a positive one and has impacted significantly on their confidence levels. One child said that the competition had helped him to make friends. Others have become more comfortable with speaking in public, even undertaking media interviews, appearing on television, radio and in newspapers.
Voice Box has also given many schools and speech and language therapy services the opportunity to engage with local MPs, further increasing awareness of how communication difficulties impact on people and the valuable role that SLTs play in supporting them.
If you would like to get your local schools involved, visit the website for more information and a toolkit containing ideas about how to run a competition, including how to involve MPs and the media, as well as details of prizes and a submission form.
The competition will run from 1 October to 30 November 2018. The grand final is likely to take place in London in Spring 2019. Travel expenses will be paid for finalists plus two guests of their choice.
First published 22 August 2018