The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) has presented a national Giving Voice award to Preet Kaur Gill MP. This prestigious accolade, recognises her exceptional dedication to raising the political profile of Bercow: Ten Years On – an independent review of provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in England, conducted by the RCSLT and I CAN, the children’s charity.
The Giving Voice Awards, held annually, celebrate individuals and organisations that have campaigned to highlight how speech and language therapy transforms lives. The awards are presented to those who have made particularly valuable contributions to improving the lives of people with communication and/or swallowing needs.
Preet’s commitment to this cause saw her securing ‘on-the-record’ pledges from the Government in relation to the Bercow: Ten Years On Report recommendations, including through correspondence with ministers, written parliamentary questions, and taking part in a parliamentary debate.
Preet was one of just 16 Giving Voice Award winners this year and her award was officially presented at a ceremony at the House of Commons.
Kamini Gadhok MBE, Chief Executive of the RCSLT said:
“We are very pleased to present Preet with a Giving Voice award. The judges were very impressed by Preet’s dedication to promoting Bercow: Ten Years On and the impact that had in terms of raising its political profile and securing pledges of Government action.”
Preet Kaur Gill MP commented:
“I am honoured and delighted to have been presented with a Giving Voice award. I look forward to continuing working to ensure that children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, including those in my constituency, get the support they and their families require to achieve their potential.”