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Become a Local Champion with The Communication Trust

Local_Champions_Logo_200pxThe Trust relies on local practitioners who are able to spread the word on the importance of speech, language and communication where it is needed most. There is now the chance to harness the vital activity you do and become a Local Champion. By becoming a Local Champion, you're helping The Communication Trust to support children's communication to reach the top of the local agenda in your area as well as gain a higher national profile.

Since 2007, the Trust has been successful in achieving greater acknowledgement of the importance of children's communication - but we couldn't have done it alone! During the Hello campaign in 2011 a legion of local coordinators were crucial in generating engagement in the cause.

Learning from Hello and changes to the political landscape, the Trust is now recruiting Local Champions who can link the activities of the Trust to the context of their local area. By taking on the voluntary role, you will help us to ensure that the importance of children's speech, language and communication continues to be acknowledged!


What is the Local Champion role?

Local Champions are volunteers who will spread the word on the importance of speech, language and communication where it is needed most, by:

  • Awareness raising: Champion the cause where you live and work.
    We would really like to hear about your good work. This will help us share local examples when working on national policy changes.
  • Strive for best practice: Signpost to resources and training.
  • Local policy: Have your say and highlight issues of concern regarding speech, language and communication and speech language and communication needs (SLCN).
    Your essential practical information about how policy reforms are having an impact on your day to day practice will allow us to echo this in our lobbying and policy work.
  • Feeding back: Is there brilliant work going on in your local area? Tell us about it!
    We want to hear about people who are making a difference to children and young people.


What will I get out of being a Local Champion?

  • Access to a dedicated web page of information, including news from the sector, as well as interesting and relevant policy updates.
  • Bespoke email updates with latest news from the Trust.
  • Updates on the political landscape, including information on changes. This will include up-to-date information on policy consultation responses submitted by the Trust as well as briefing papers and links to further information about policy activity around the Children and Families Act and the SEND reform agenda.
  • Showcase your good work nationally and share best practise with others. We are keen to hear about the great things you are doing. We also showcase a list of our Local Champions, allowing you to network with others who are championing the cause!
  • Show off your good work - add your role to your signature and your CV!

To download our Local Champions flyer, please click here.
So why not sign up?!

If you are interested in becoming a Local Champion, or you have any questions about the volunteer role, then please email enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk.

We'd also value information about you and how you see the role of Local Champion supporting what you do now.