Language students give voice to campaign against service cuts
This week (starting 18 th April) a group of Speech and Language Therapy students from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh were ‘Giving Voice’ to their campaign to promote the value of speech and language therapy and fight cuts to the service. The event was a huge success with over 150 students, staff members and service users taking part and showing their support.
It is estimated that nearly 20% of the population may experience communication difficulties at some point in their lives and it is the most common disability in childhood, with one in 10 children have a speech and language difficulty.
Ellie Barrow, the Student Champion for the ‘Giving Voice’ campaign said: “Having a communication difficulty can affect an individual in participation in family life, the community, education and the world of work. As students, we want to show people what we do and to promote the positive impact speech and language therapy can have on people’s lives.”
Dr Janet Beck, Head of Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Queen Margaret University, said: “Speech and language therapy plays a crucial role in allowing such people to become active members of society. Without it, they may face continuing exclusion from education, work, friendship and independence. The campaign is especially important, since people with communication difficulties are often, quite literally, unable to speak for themselves.”
As part of the event, there was a raffle and lots of free ‘Giving Voice’ merchandise for students to get their hands on. Supporters were also asked to fill in speech bubbles with their views as to why having a voice is important to them and why they are supporting the campaign. One supporter wrote: “Having a voice allows you to communicate, express your opinions, wants, needs and socialise – it’s part of being human!”
For further information on the Giving Voice campaign visit : http://www.givingvoiceuk.org/ to find out more and join the campaign.
For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011239, E: firstname.lastname@example.org