Four students from Plymouth Marjon University have won a national award for their voluntary work raising awareness of different speech and language needs. The students, Hannah Burton, Grace Chugg, Hannah Greer and Marianne Johns were presented with the award by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy in Glasgow on Wednesday night in a glittering ceremony. The judges praised the students for the valuable contribution of their Marjon Giving Voice society in raising awareness of Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) in the wider community.
Over the last 18 months the Giving Voice team have run a number of awareness raising events. These include an information day in Plymouth devoted to talking to people about SLT and listening to their stories and a Dysphagia Awareness Day, raising awareness of swallowing impairments. The team also supported local schools in the national Voice Box competition, which reminded people that all children need support to build their communication skills and confidence and some need additional specialist help to speak and/or understand what is being said to them.
Grace Chugg from the Marjon Giving Voice team told us: “We’re incredibly honoured to be recognised at a national level for our contribution to raising awareness of Speech and Language Therapy and would like to thank our Marjon lectuers and our fellow students for their huge contributions, we wouldn’t have done it without them”.
Dr Lynsey Parrott, senior SLT lecturer, said: "We are delighted that our students have been recognised for their hard work. They have really excelled themselves and put into practice what they have been studying to make a difference in our community. We are incredible proud of them all".
Marjon has been training Speech and Language Therapists since 1994 and is the only place in the South West accredited to train students. Academics are known for their pioneering work, such as Gillie Stoneham for her research into helping transgender people find their voice.
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