Hello to the national year of communication

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Speaking and communicating clearly is taken for granted and can be frustrating to hellish to those that struggle, whatever age.  We would like to shine a light on Hello and the forthcoming National Year of Communcation; something that we support passionately.

Hello is the national year of communication – a campaign to increase understanding of how important it is for children and young people to develop good communication skills.

The campaign is run by The Communication Trust, a coalition of over 35 leading voluntary sector organisations, in partnership with Jean Gross, the Government’s Communication Champion.

Hello aims to make communication for all children and young people a priority in homes and schools across the UK so that they can live life to the full. The campaign is backed by the Department for Education and supported by BT.

In the UK today, over 1 million children and young people have some form of speech, language and communication need. This can affect them severely and for life. In areas of poverty, over 50% of children start school with delayed language skills. This puts them at a huge disadvantage to their peers as they struggle to learn and make friends.

There are monthly themes to help give a real focus to each month of the national year. Over the course of 2011, these themes will take you on a journey through communication and will be supported by events, resources and information.

Please visit The Hello Campaign for information on how you can help improve the communication skills of children and young people and to sign up for regular updates. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter.