Find A Voice is a Kent based registered charity which helps and supports people of all ages with speech, language and communication difficulties throughout Kent, Medway and beyond. We are the only charity in the country that provides this service.
We visit schools, hospitals and do home visits with all of our equipment as a mobile resource library. Our service is used by parents, teachers, speech and language therapists and various other professionals. We estimate there are 25,000 people in our area who would benefit from our help and expertise.
We believe that it should be possible for everyone to have the opportunity to have a 'voice' and to make decisions about their own lives.
Discovering your child has a communication need can be very traumatic. We support parents of under 5s, school children, teenagers and adults. Both children and adults can have difficulty:
These difficulties can be caused by conditions as different as autism, Down’s syndrome, strokes, MS and cerebral palsy. Communication difficulties may be linked to learning difficulties, but not all people with communication needs have learning difficulties.
Our centre has many resources available for everyone to hire free of charge. We have a collection of exciting, cute and musical toys, also vibrating and stimulation toys to inspire a child’s imagination and encourage their switching skills. We have a wide range of books and DVDs about communication needs, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and learning disabilities.
As well as our resource library at the centre we go out and about all over Kent with our mobile resource library van. We have a range of outreach venues across Kent, these include children’s centres, hospitals and schools.
Find A Voice values all contributions and help. Demand for support and services is continuing to grow, but the Charity's ability to meet these demands depends on generous donations and sustained financial sponsorship. A donation of any size can make a real difference to a charity such as ours, enabling us to purchase communication aids, educational toys and DVDs, books, adapted computers and software.
£50 will purchase a specially adapted toy that can help a small child understand how to use a switch (the first step to using a communication aid) and £1,000 can provide software and an adapted computer that can speak for a person with little or no speech. £10,000 would pay the salary of an outreach worker to take equipment to families in need of help.