Open Evening 2008
More than 170 supporters joined The Trust at its Open Evening held on 9th October 2008 at The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook.After an update on research carried out at the UCS by Dr Penny Cavenagh and Research Associate Sarah Costelloe, the keynote address was given by John Bercow MP, now Speaker of the House of Commons (pictured below, second from right).
John Bercow had been asked by the Government to chair a report making recommendations about what steps it should take to transform provision for, and the experience of, children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and their families. He presented his findings, which emphasise the imbalance of communication between professionals; the importance of early identification and intervention; the need for a continuum of services and multiagency collaboration; and consistency and equity of access for families to SLT support.
More information can be found at www.dfes.gov.uk/bercowreview
Eleanor Barker replied on behalf of the Fund, demonstrating how the work of the Fund was addressing each of the principle concerns expressed in the Bercow Review. The evening was informative and provided for guests to meet over an informal supper and The Trust is truly grateful to Gill Garnham for all her hard work. It also prompted a number of generous donations for which the Trustees are very grateful.