The Shine a Light 2011 Hello campaign awards were the first national award scheme to focus on children and young people’s communication. The awards were a great success, and were judged by 40 of the biggest names in speech, language and communication.
Watch a video celebrating the Shine a Light 2011 winners >
Visit The Communication Trust’s website to read about last year’s winners.
Read what supporters of last year’s Shine a Light awards had to say:
"Congratulations to the winners of Shine a Light for representing the very best of the work taking place across the country in support of children and young people’s communication skills. Each of these winners and ‘highly commended’ runners up has provided an exceptional example, which we are delighted to share to improve practice in 2012, as part of the ongoing legacy of the Hello campaign, the national year of communication.
Anita Kerwin-Nye, Former Director of The Communication Trust
“The Shine a Light Awards have shown the outstanding practice being carried out by dedicated professionals, organisations and individuals in supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. We have been overwhelmed by the passion and commitment each of the winners and highly commended finalists has shown, and congratulate them on all their achievements.”
“Working with The Communication Trust to host these awards and being part of the national Hello campaign has been an incredible experience, which has tapped into our company ethos to support professionals and make a difference to their day-to-day practice.”
Chris Hall, Managing Director of Pearson Assessment
"It has been an enormous privilege to be involved in the Hello campaign. The partnership with The Communication Trust, and its support by government ministers and Jean Gross, the Communication Champion, has been a positive, uplifting experience, with so much being achieved nationally through team work. This same dynamic was highlighted through the Shine a Light Award entrants. It was inspiring to read the examples of initiative and innovation from individuals and teams who work tirelessly to improve children's lives through enhancing their speech, language and communication opportunities and ability."
Lesley Munro, Communication and Allied Therapies Manager, Pearson Assessment
"The Shine a Light Awards are a tribute to the commitment of practitioners who put huge amounts of time and effort into helping every child with whom they work develop essential communication and language skills. Their work can change lives and it deserves this praise and recognition."
Helen Moylett, Early Learning Consultancy
"The Shine a Light Awards have revealed the wonderful efforts that some schools make in helping develop children's communication skills, and it is great that that those schools gain recognition for those efforts and provide examples for others to follow."
Neil Mercer, Professor of Education, Cambridge University
“Ensuring children and young people are supported as they develop speech, language and communication is essential. I could not do my job without my ability to communicate, so the work of the Hello campaign is vital. Hosting the first ever Shine a Light Awards has been fantastic. The sheer passion and dedication in this field is palpable and the winners and runners up should be very proud of their achievements.”
Vanessa Feltz (pictured right, with Virginia Beardshaw and Holly Tadman), TV and radio presenter