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Say Hello to the national year of communication.

Hello - The National Year of Communication

I CAN was proud to support the national year of communication in 2011, known as the Hello campaign. This campaign aimed to increase understanding of how important it is for children and young people to develop good communication skills.

Hello was run by The Communication Trust, a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community sector organisations with expertise in children's speech, language and communication. Backed by the Department of Education and BT, Hello was run in partnership with the government's Communication Champion for children, Jean Gross CBE.

I CAN is one of four founder members of The Communication Trust. Together with other organisations I CAN called for a National Year in its response to John Bercow's 2008 Review of Services for Children and Young People 0-19 with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

Through Hello, I CAN reached out to more families and the professionals who work with them to ensure that no child who struggles to communicate is left out or left behind.
We were delighted to have worked with The Communication Trust and other colleagues to help mark Hello and make it a success byv:

  • Kicking off the National Year with the first milestone event - our Chatterbox Challenge in February and March 2011. Children in nurseries, primary schools and groups nationwide performed songs and rhymes to raise vital funds for children with communication problems. We broke a world record for the largest number of people performing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in multiple venues across the UK on 1 March 2011. Visit www.chatterboxchallenge.co.uk to find out how you can participate in next year's Challenge
  • Creating three new resources for parents and members of the children's workforce – the SLI Handbook with Afasic and the Primary and Secondary poster which were distributed to schools across England - dowload/order here
  • Working closely with The Communication Trust on two strategic projects, A Chance to Talk and Communication Ambassadors to provide information to parents to develop their children's communication skills and support primary schools working with children with communication difficulties
  • Updating and developing Talking Point, the online information one-stop shop for parents and practitioners on children's speech, language and communication
  • Taking part in Hello events including No Pens Day Wednesday and the Shine a Light communication awards

For the latest information about the Hello campaign visit www.hello.org.uk