National joke telling competition for young Welsh talent open for entries

Voice Box Cymru is now open for entries from Wales’ primary schools to showcase their funniest joke and look to take 2020 crown.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) has begun its search for their next Voice Box Cymru champion after the success of its inaugural 2019 competition. Aimed at primary-school aged children, it focuses on how communication is so important, but also fun.

The 2019 competition was won by 8-year-old Leo Jones from Llangors Church in Wales School in Brecon, who impressed the judges with his joke about an inflatable boy in an inflatable school, who popped everything he could find and let the school down.

Voice Box Cymru helps shapes how children and young people share stories and demonstrating the work that speech and language therapists do here in Wales in making such a positive difference to children and young people.

Dr. Alison Stroud, Head of Wales for the Royal College said: “We are really excited to again be welcoming entries from the primary schools and special schools of Wales for Voice Box Cymru 2020. We had an incredible time this year meeting the finalists and I’m looking forward to seeing what next year’s final has to bring.

All children need help to develop their skills to communicate, not only at home, but also in school. This is why as an organisation, we want to make sure that children see the fun in speech and language, finding the confidence to be able to share their own voice.”

RCSLT are teaming up with the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) Cymru and Parentkind to hold the contest, which reminds people that all children need support to be confident with their communication skills and some need specialist help to speak and/or understand what is being said to them.

More than 700 school children aged between five and 11 years old took part in Voice Box Cymru 2019 and ten were selected from primary, as well as special schools from across Wales to be in the final at the Pierhead Building.

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