Campaign voice heard by the MPs

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A SPEECH and language therapist from Ashington met up with her local MP in Parliament last week.

Julie Carr was one of 150 therapists from across the country who travelled to Westminster to meet with politicians to highlight the Giving Voice campaign.

The campaign, led by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists RCSLT), highlights how speech and language therapy transforms the lives of those with speech, language and communication needs.

While in the capital, 22-year-old Julie had the opportunity to speak with Wansbeck’s Ian Lavery.

He said: “Meeting with Julie has shown me what a critical role speech and language therapists play.

“I’ve been surprised to learn of the huge variety of people that speech and language therapists work with – from children with autism to older people recovering from a stroke.

“The film The King’s Speech shone a well-deserved spotlight on the profession earlier this year and it was fascinating to hear about how speech and language therapy is literally transforming so many people’s lives in Northumberland on a daily basis.”

Julie said: “It was fantastic to join up with fellow speech and language therapists from across the country and take the message to Westminster that our profession really does transform lives.

“It was great to be part of such a brilliant event.”

Over the past year, RCSLT members have been engaging with their politicians as part of the Giving Voice campaign by inviting them to visit local services and attend events to find out more about speech and language therapy.

Kamini Gadhok, chief executive of the RCSLT, said: “It was the perfect opportunity to build on local campaigning achievements.”

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