Giving Voice is a national campaign led by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists which aims to demonstrate how speech and language therapy makes a difference to people with speech, language and communication needs, their families, and wider society.
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015
The Final Countdown!
Just over a week until our Voice Box competition and
planning and preparation is truly under way. We will be spending the coming
days shortlisting the children who will be performing at our competition next
week and allowing them time to practice delivering their jokes. We are all very
excited as BBC Look North are coming.
The lunch time joke clubs and joke workshops (on No Pens Day)
have all been going really well and it’s lovely to see the children’s
enthusiasm for telling jokes. The joke workshops also highlighted which
children struggled with the concept of jokes and those whom found it difficult to
understand the jokes due to the vocabulary (e.g. many of them struggled with ‘Why
did the boy go to bed with a pencil? So he could draw the curtains!). This
allowed opportunity to talk about what makes a joke funny and also explore some
of the vocabulary they didn’t understand (i.e. duel meaning of draw in this
I cannot walk down the corridor at break time without a
child telling me they have a joke. It’s also lovely to hear the children
telling jokes to each other and I’d like to think this is something that will
continue after Voice Box is over!
My niece is telling her school about Voice Box tomorrow
in assembly and they are having their competition on Friday (with tomorrow
night to think about their jokes!) I am so proud that Toni has taken this into
school and asked if they can take part. It’s not too late for you to do the
Last Friday, my dad hosted a launch of his new DVD ‘The
Spirit Lives on’ (about Ashington Coal Company) and a preview was screened at
the new community cinema in Ashington. He invited Ian Lavery, MP to the event
and I was delighted to have the opportunity to chat to him again. He said he
noticed on Twitter that I met Richard Burgon and told me to keep up the good work.
I told him about why I met Richard and about my involvement in Voice Box in
Leeds. Not wanting to miss an opportunity, I gave him another Giving Voice pen and got a photo with him. I told him
I brought another pen for him in case his previous ones ran out and he said the
last one had just before he left the house! Haha. It was nice to see him again,
and see him continue to support the local community. It was a lovely evening
and I was proud to be there and support my dad.
Ian Lavery, MP and me
I am looking forward to the next week and getting ready for
Voice Box! The children have worked so hard and I am looking forward to hearing
them perform their jokes on stage! Thank you for reading!