Giving Voice

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Voice Box (ad)Venture...Join in the Jokes!

Already a few weeks into a new term, I don’t know where the time is going! The nights are getting longer, leaves are changing colour and everyone is beginning to talk about Christmas parties…where did the summer go?

I love Autumn, it’s one of my favourite times of year. I love the crisp air and the pretty colours though I’m not so keen on the shorter days and the colder weather.

The autumn term is one of the longest so it’s nice to have something to look forward to. As part of my NHS role I am based in a primary school most of my week and we have decided to take part in the national Voice Box competition.
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists have teamed up with The Communication Trust to run this year’s Voice Box competition. It encourages schools to hold a joke-telling competition and submit the winning joke to RCSLT with 10 pupils being shortlisted and invited to the final which is to be held at Westminster!
I am extremely excited to be involved in this, encouraging children to create jokes and enjoy the fun side of communication! We are holding Voice Box in school and are going to invite the local MP to be on the judging panel. We have also set a date to host a Leeds wide final at school too!
We plan to use some time on No Pens Day for the children to think of jokes. I am talking at the school assembly tomorrow to introduce them to Voice Box and No Pens Day. I am looking forward to this new experience and inspiring the children to explore their funny side!
If you work in a school or know someone who does why not suggest Voice Box to them? It’s a great way to enjoy the fun aspects of communication, building confidence and self-esteem. Further details can be found here and there are lots of resources to help you plan the event.