Improving Access to Communication Services and Support

Parents, carers, commissioners and service providers have been putting their heads together to help shape the future of speech, language and communication services in Devon.
More than 80 people attended a ‘Creative Conversation’ workshop held at the Kenn Centre on 17 October.

map showing where people came from in Devon

The session was hosted by project lead Sarah Miller (Speech and Language Advisor, DCC) and was independently facilitated by the social enterprise group Future Bound
Sharon Matson, head of commissioning – women and children, for Devon’s clinical commissioning groups, said: “The purpose of event was to consider the varied needs of children and families in relation to speech, language and communication need (SLCN). We also discussed how we can best meet those needs by working together as an integrated Devon-wide health, education and care system.”

Sarah Miller Speech and Language Advisor, at Devon County Council, added: “The workshop was a really inspiring day – we’d like to thank everyone who attended for sharing their ideas, expertise and enthusiasm.

The outcomes are being collated and combined with other analysis and engagement work and will inform the next steps in developing communication services and support structures across Devon’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.”

child's view of their day shown as pictures and writing

For a video report of the event, click here