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

Who are our supporters?

As well as our Consortium members, we work with a number of other organisations to help reach our goals:


BT is a founding member of the Trust and sits on our programme board to provide support and ensure we are reaching our targets.

On top on this, we worked in partnership with BT to deliver the successful Hello campaign, the national year of communication. Amongst other support, BT generously supported the publication of Small Talk, a booklet for parents with young children, provided us with fantastic venues for events such as the BT Tower in London, and also developed Talk Gym, a resource for 14-19 year olds to help develop their communication skills.


Pearson AssessmentPearson Logo 208px
Pearson Assessment is the leading provider of educational and speech and language assessments and became a charitable partner of the Trust in 2010.

It also significantly supported the Hello campaign in 2011. This included publishing a series of highly respected booklets, Universally Speaking, which provides practitioners guidance on where children should be with their communication skills at certain ages.

Together we held the first ever communication awards, The Shine a Lights Awards, to highlight the fantastic work being done by schools, businesses and individuals to support children and young people.

Please click here to find out more about Shine a Light.


Royal College of Speech and Language TherapistsRCSLT
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is the professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK; providing leadership and setting professional standards.

We work closely with RCSLT to ensure that their expertise and networks are linked with our programme of work. Where appropriate we collaborate on projects and consultations to ensure there is a joined up approach across the sector.


City&GuildsCity & Guilds
City & Guilds, one of the largest Awarding bodies in the UK has worked in partnership with The Communication Trust to secure 7 units on the Qualification and Credits Framework. With the support of City & Guilds for the first time a speech, language and communication unit has been included as a mandatory part of initial training for early years practitioners as part of the new Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce.

Additionally to this with the support of City & Guilds a new Level 3 Award is now available entitled 'Supporting Children and Young People's Speech, Language and Communication'. 

Pre School Learning AlliancePre-school_Learning_Alliance
The Pre School Learning Alliance is a leading early years membership organisation and one of the largest providers of quality childcare in England.

The Pre School Learning Alliance is supporting workforce development in speech, language and communication through acting as an umbrella awarding centre for the Level 3 Award - Supporting the speech, language and communication of children and young people. Via their e-learning tool, Learning Assistants, consortium members and public bodies have a medium to assess and support learners virtually.


Manchester FederationManchester_Smile
The Manchester Federation is working in partnership with The Communication Trust as part of the Talk of the Town project. This project is a community wide approach to early identification of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and embeds a continuum of effective support for children and young people with SLCN so that every child and young person has the opportunity to fulfil their full potential.

It's an example of multi-agency working between a range of local and national partners across Wythenshawe, a town in South Manchester. The project will share best practice, disseminate learning and hopes to promote duplication in other local communities.