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World Voice Day guidelines
What is World Voice Day?
World Voice Day is celebrated annually on 16th April. The idea began in Brazil and then spread to the USA and all around the world. The idea is to celebrate healthy voices and highlight the importance of voice at work and in society.
What can you do to raise awareness of World Voice Day?
Please think about what you could do locally to celebrate World Voice Day...
- Look at the BVA website and you will see reports about things others have done in our World Voice Day archives. It does not matter if activities are repeated.
- Maybe you could contact your local radio station or newspaper to make them aware of World Voice Day and why voice is important. Some of you may be willing to give an interview or write a short piece about the importance of maintaining a healthy voice.
- If you are a social media user, make sure you post, blog and tweet about your WVD activities, even if it’s only to say that April 16th is World Voice Day!
Voice Clinics and World Voice Day
It is always great to encourage family doctors (GPs) and the general public to know about the existence of Voice Clinics, what they offer and how patients can be referred.
- Could you organize a Voice Clinic 'open day' for GPs and the general public at your hospital?
- Alternatively, you could give a short presentation about the work of the Voice Clinic to your local GPs at one of their study days. Ask the local GPs and find out who organizes their study days, and see what you can arrange.
GPs are a significant force in the local allocation of NHS budgets in the UK, so it is more important than ever that they know about the work of Voice Clinics and understand how important voice and communication are to their patients.
Possible Interview Topics
Here are some possible topics to give you ideas for interviews if you decide to approach the media to publicise World Voice Day. The main message to get across is that voices are amazing; where would we be without them? They are the most important tool for communication we have and there are lots of things you can do to keep them healthy. Please also encourage people to visit the BVA website for further information.
- What do we mean by voice? (e.g. how it makes speech/song/emotional utterances audible for the listener to hear)
- You might briefly want to mention how the voice works
- Talk about how amazing voice is (e.g. it can fill a huge a concert hall yet the vocal folds are roughly the size of a postage stamp)
- Consider things you would find hard to do WITHOUT your voice, (e.g. work, social life, personal relationships, etc)
- Talk about ideas for keeping your voice healthy and building vocal skills (look on the British Voice Association and the other World Voice Day websites for ideas – links for the additional sites are at the foot of page)
- Advice on how to recognize vocal problems and what to do if worried (e.g. any change in voice quality lasting longer than 2 weeks needs to be discussed with the GP/ENT surgeon)
- Talk about what is involved in a Voice Clinic
- Talk about how voice therapy can help, what it involves
- Refer people to the British Voice Association website for further information and the Association's list of UK Voice Clinics.
- If you have willing patients who benefited from help, you might want to ask them to come with you and tell their story
- The American Academy of Otolaryngologists: entnet.org (and search for World Voice Day)
- World Voice Day: world-voice-day.org
- Awareness Days UK: awarenessdays.com
World Voice Day is celebrated internationally – search 'World Voice Day' to discover all the different content online.