Friday Announcements – 1 December 2023

1. Smartbox are Hiring!
2. New Udemy Training on Visual Scene Displays
3. The 2024 Medilink North of England Healthcare Business Awards to Support CM
4. CALL Scotland Launch Webinar Series for 2024

News from Communication Matters:
5. My Favourite Voucher Codes Poll – WE WON!
6. CM Christmas Cards for Sale
7. Raise Free Donations for us when you Shop Online
8. About Friday Announcements


1. Smartbox are Hiring!

From Fin Clarke, Smartbox Assistive Technology Ltd:

At Smartbox, our cutting-edge technology gives a voice to those with limited speech, positively impacting the lives of people with disabilities worldwide.

Join our team to make an impact today!

Some of our current job openings:

  • Junior Account Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Assistive Technology Support Specialist

Click here to find out more about the roles.


2. New Udemy Training on Visual Scene Displays

From Francesca D’Aguanno, Therapy Box Ltd:

There is a new (free) Udemy training course available that covers the basics of visual scene displays (VSDs), the key components of creating and using VSDs, and features Scene & Heard Pro with examples of how you can use the App.

For more details, click on the link:


3. The 2024 Medilink North of England Healthcare Business Awards to Support CM

From Emma Kocsi-Martin, Medilink North of England Ltd:

The Medilink Healthcare Business Awards is a calendar highlight and has seen some of the industry’s highly commendable innovations and successes receive the recognition they deserve over the years.

The showcase event offers a chance to demonstrate the North’s strong capabilities, innovation and commercial successes and highlight the expertise in our region.

Entries are open from now until Friday 22nd December and the shortlist will be announced the week commencing 22nd January 2024.

The black tie gala evening will then be held on Thursday 21st March 2024 at St.Pauls Mercure Hotel in Sheffield.

We are incredibly proud to be supporting our charity partner for 2024, Communication Matters. CM Trustee Beth Moulam and Chair Helen Whittle have been invited to give a presentation at the Awards Ceremony. Funds raised on the night from a silent auction and luxury raffle will be donated to CM.

For more information, to view all categories and download the application forms, please click here: Medilink Healthcare Business Awards 2024


4. CALL Scotland Launch Webinar Series for 2024

From CALL Scotland:

CALL Scotland provide a programme of 20 minute webinars as free Professional Learning opportunities, and the 2024 series is now available to book. These webinars are on a range of Assistive Technology topics all with the focus on supporting children and young people with Additional Support Needs.

Our webinars are very popular for participants and presenters alike and we have no difficulty finding people who want to showcase their product or share their practice with a wider audience. Our January – June 2024 schedule filled up very quickly and we have an overflow of interested parties now hoping for a slot in the latter half of the year.  Please let us know if you have a topic you would like to present on!  Email us on [email protected]

The format will remain the same for 2024:

  • High quality Professional Learning offered at no cost
  • Focus on Assistive Technologies to support learners with ASN
  • Wide range of topics presented by Assistive Technology suppliers, practitioners and the experienced CALL Scotland team
  • Wednesdays 4:00 – 4:30pm (UK time) – join live or archive to watch at your convenience

View the January – June 2024 webinars here.


5. My Favourite Voucher Codes Poll – WE WON!

STOP PRESS! Every month, My Favourite Voucher Codes donates 20% of their profits to charity. They run a monthly poll where 4 charities are in with the chance of winning the donation, and Communication Matters was chosen as a nominated charity in the November Poll.

We have just heard that, thanks to everyone who voted, WE WON! We should hear in March 2024 how much was donated, but in the meantime, a massive ‘thank you’ to every single person who voted for CM.

Thank you to My Favourite Voucher Codes and to all our amazing supporters who have helped secure this valuable funding, enabling us to continue supporting those who have communication difficulties and give everyone a voice.


6. CM Christmas Cards for Sale

We are delighted that our Communication Matters Christmas Cards are now on sale! You can buy them online in packs of 10 for £5.00 and they will be posted out to you.

They have a lovely design again this year with ‘Four symbols of Christmas’. Our heartfelt thanks to The Makaton Charity for their symbols and to City University London’s Student SLT Society for the design inspiration! Along with Print&Mail at the University of Leeds for printing/distributing for us.

All proceeds will go to Communication Matters. Buy your cards here now!


7. Raise Free Donations for us when you Shop Online!

Did you know when you shop online through Give as you Live, the retailer will donate a percentage of your spend to us, at no extra to you!

Click here to shop via Give as you Live (Charity name: Communication Matters) – you can generate free donations on any online purchases you make at over 6000 stores! You can also set a donation reminder which pops up on Google Chrome when you visit an eligible retailer’s website. Sign up today!

Click here to set us as your favourite charity on PayPal (Charity name: ISAAC UK) – this means you can choose to donate £1 to Communication Matters whenever you checkout using PayPal. Set us as your favourite charity now! Just click on the heart symbol underneath our name.

Your support is really appreciated, thank you.


8. About Friday Announcements

These ‘Friday Announcements’ comprise weekly product updates, upcoming courses and supplier news. Please email [email protected] with the item you want to be included by Thursday at 5pm – no more than 200 words (one entry per organisation per week) – and include contact email and/or link so readers can find out further information (no file attachments please).

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