Speech and Language Development Volunteers

We are now recruiting volunteers to expand our Home-Talk speech and language project across Oldham, Stockport, Tameside & Greater Manchester!

Interactive talk is a key factor in early brain development, and research has shown that the earliest years are the most critical.

Hollowing a successful pilot funded by the Department for Education in Oldham, we’re excited to be expanding our Home-Talk project across Oldham, Stockport, Tameside & Greater Manchester.

The project involves using feedback from a number of ‘wearable tech’ vests developed by LENA, which measure the number of spoken words a child hears in a day.  The vest does not record conversations, but acts as a ‘word counter’ and can differentiate between adult and child speech, as well as between human and digital conversation.

Using the data collected when a child has been wearing the vest for 24hrs, trained staff and volunteers can help parents to improve talk and conversation with their children.  The results are stronger families and children more prepared to succeed in school.

The current phase of the project is being evaluated by Newcastle University, and will follow a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) design whereby referred families will be randomly allocated into an ‘intervention group’ or ‘control group’.  Families in the intervention group will receive the full Home-Talk programme, whereas families in the control group will not receive the Home-Talk programme initially, but will be offered a condensed version of the programme after the evaluation of the project ends.

As a volunteer with the Speech & Language Project, you’ll be working with a family over a 14-week period.  You’ll be supported by a designated co-ordinator both during training and while you’re working with families.  This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in early years development, language development or health & social care to participate in an evaluated research project.

Interested in training to deliver the Speech & Language Development project?  Our next training courses start soon!

Download our Home-Talk Volunteer Application Form and send it back to us at:

Email:  info@homestarthost.org.uk

Post:  Home-Start HOST
Ryecroft Hall
Manchester Road
M34 5ZJ

If you have any questions you’d like to ask us, or to receive an application form by post or email please telephone us on 0161 344 0669 or email info@homestarthost.org.uk

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