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Celebrating Prescot Loves to Talk

by Lisa Bennett

A new campaign has been launched to get everyone in Prescot talking to each other.

No matter how old you are, where you are or what you are doing, the aim is to make Prescot the place where talk is everywhere and where everyone talks.

The concept was the idea of Evelyn Primary School who got chatting about it to ICAN, the children’s communication charity, and Knowsley Council. It is simply a way of encouraging chat and communication between everyone at every opportunity.

A celebration of talking

On World Poetry Day (21 March 2019), children from Eveyln, St Mary’s and St Pauls, Our Lady’s and Prescot primary schools took part in a celebration in Prescot town centre to create awareness of Prescot Loves to Talk.

This included performances of poetry, dance and singing from the children outside Prescot church and along Eccleston Street. The children also visited shops and restaurants in the town to spread the word and award stickers to supporters to display in their shops windows.

Children from St Mary's and St Paul's Primary School with Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley's Cabinet Member for Children's Services

Children from St Mary’s and St Paul’s Primary School with Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services

The children also visited Prescot Library where renowned poet Curtis Watt shared light-hearted riddle poems, focusing on the celebrating the use of words.

Councillor Margaret Harvey, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said:

“We know how important communication and language is for everyone in all aspects of life, whether that is at school, in the workplace, at home or when you are out and about. The Prescot Loves to Talk campaign is a great way of encouraging people in Prescot to talk to each other wherever they may be and whatever they may be doing.”

 

Children from Evelyn Primary School with Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley's Cabinet Member for Children's Services.

Children from Evelyn Primary School with Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services.

 

Carole Arnold, Head Teacher at Evelyn Primary school said:

“The exciting project of Prescot Loves to Talk started as a tiny seed and has flourished over the past few months. We have a vision for everyone in Prescot realising the value of talk and every age group talking and listening to each other with confidence and courtesy.”

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Here’s some of the tweets from the day…

Talking is important for everyone

For children

Did you know?

  • Children with poor early language at age five are four times more likely to struggle with reading at age 11 and succeeding at GCSE
  • Children with poor vocabulary skills are twice as likely to be unemployed when they reach adulthood.

Adults

  • Speech allows us to connect with others
  • A wide vocabulary can help you get a good job, by widening your options
  • If you can articulate your ideas, it helps reduce frustration, eg. trying to persuade or explain something to others

Families

  • Talking and listening makes for healthy family relationships
  • Talking and listening to your child improves your bond with them
  • Talking forms relationships and builds self esteem
  • Talking about our emotions makes us feel better.  You can find out how each other feels
  • You can respond to someone in a sensitive way to good news, as well as sadness or fear
  • If you talk to your child when they are young,  it will be easier to talk to them as a teenager