The Trust was set up in 2007 by Afasic, BT, Council for Disabled Children and I CAN.

Highlighted activities from 2011

No Pens Day Wednesday
No Pens Day Wednesday was a chance to show how verbal communication is just as important as reading and writing. We challenged schools to put down their pens for a whole day and provided teachers with lesson templates which required speaking and listening rather than writing and literacy.

It was a unique event and 250,000 pupils were involved honing their debating skills as they took part in podcasting, vocabulary games and 'talk' homework.

With research revealing the average length of a pupil's contribution to a teacher's question to be just four words, we were keen to put the emphasis back onto speaking and listening.

To find out more and to take part please click here.

No Pens Day Wednesday will be taking place again this year so make sure you bookmark our website for more information in the near future.

Shining a Light on good communication
The inaugural Shine a Light Awards, which took place in November 2011, were intended to draw attention to schools, nurseries, commissioners and employers who were providing an excellent service to children with speech, language and communication needs.

Sponsored by Pearson Assessment, we asked people to provide us with examples of best practice and they did not disappoint. We were overwhelmed with entries and our 40 judges, representing the biggest voices in speech, language and communication, spent several tough sessions whittling them down to just one winner and several runners up. Each winner had proved beyond a shadow of doubt they were worthy of the titles.

You can find out more information here.

Hello Heroes
The Hello campaign would never have got off the ground without the help of our Hello Heroes. This group of people worked tirelessly for the campaign, promoting it in their local areas and making the most of the resources we produced.

In December, a group of outstanding Hello Heroes met with Sarah Teather MP, Minister for Children and Families, to talk to her about the speech and language issue and their thoughts and concerns for the future. After that, we whisked them off to the BT Tower for an exhibition of the Hello campaign, speeches and a delicious lunch with some panoramic views of London at the top of the Tower.

Hello may be over but the work of these heroes continues, boosting speech and language services in their area and making sure children get the service they need.

Raa Raa the Noisy Lion
About 70% of parents do not feel guilty about letting their children watch television and 42% of these think it helps them to learn. They are right - but only if you choose the right kind of programme and watch with them.

Parents can help their children to develop a better vocabulary if they sit down to watch a programme with their child and use it as a springboard to start a conversation. That's why we worked with Chapman Entertainment to bring you... Raa Raa the Noisy Lion!

Raa Raa and his friends live in the jingly jangly jungle and are rarely ever quiet, but they help children to learn through the 4 R's - repetition, rhyme, rhythm and retelling.

To mark the launch of this hugely successful programme on CBeebies, we produced our top ten tips for good television watching. We also worked with Chapman Entertainment on a nursery mailer pack which supports the programme. All this information can be found here.


To find out more about our work over 2011, you can read the Hello Journey document here.