Speech, Language and Communication Alliance

Find out more about the Communication Consortium and how the organisation stands up for young lives.

The Communication Consortium

The Communication Consortium is a membership body made up of more than 35 community and voluntary sector (not for profit) organisations which support children’s speech and language development.  This can be either for all children or children with particular speech, language and communication needs.

The purpose of the Consortium is to:

  • Share information, insight and intelligence concerning developments in the speech, language and communication sector
  • Share examples of best practice amongst Members at Consortium meetings
  • Work together to make submissions to government or sector consultations when it is felt a sector-wide response would be beneficial
  • Work together to present a sector voice when it is felt necessary or beneficial to do so

The Consortium Members normally meet three times per year.  A Consortium Chair is elected by the Members for a period of two years to facilitate the meetings, and the Consortium is administered by Speech and Language UK.  An Advisory Group provides advice and support to the Speech and Language UK Chief Executive for the strategic development of the Consortium, made up of The Consortium Chair, a Speech and Language UK speech and language expert and three Chief Executives or Directors of Member organisations who are elected to serve a three-year term each.

Where felt appropriate, Consortium members are encouraged to explore with each other funding opportunities.  Where any funding opportunities for the work of the Consortium itself are identified, this will be shared with the Members for discussion and exploration.

Communication Consortium grant programme

During the three-year period, April 2020 to March 2023, a grant-giving programme was available for Consortium members, administered by Speech and Language UJ and subject to funding.  Only Consortium Members who have been active for at least 12 months will be eligible to apply for these grants.

The 36 organisations that are part of The Communication Consortium are as follows:

Ace Centre
Auditory Verbal UK
Autism Early Support
Better Communication CIC
British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
Chailey Heritage Foundation
Charlton Park Academy
Cleft Lip & Palate Association
Commtap CIC
Communication Matters
Cued Speech
Elklan Training
English Speaking Board
English-Speaking Union
National Literacy Trust
Sign Along
Speech and Language UK (formerly I CAN)
Speech Bubbles
St Catherine’s
Talking Mats
The Children’s Trust
The Elizabeth Foundation
Voice 21