Welcome to the second edition of the Voice Lab e-news! We hope that you’ll enjoy reading about the myriad ways Voice Lab is being used by our partners in local government and the social services sector to listen to children and effect positive change.
Satellite Foundation works with children, young people and their families in situations where a parent has mental illness. In September the organisation used Voice Lab for two programs – at a camp at Anglesea and at its annual Music and Songwriting Workshop, which Voice Lab also attended in 2018. The questions centred around home and family, as well as seeking feedback on Satellite Foundation’s programs. All the children appreciated the quiet and calm of Voice Lab, with many mentioning that they enjoy Satellite’s programs because they help them understand that they are not alone and that there are other children with similar experiences.
October was extremely busy for Voice Lab! It was engaged by Mission Australia’s Communities for Children – Dandenong to attend the City of Greater Dandenong’s children’s festival Little Day Out, where it spoke to local kids about school, family and the future. In response to the question, “If you had the power to change the world what would you do?” many children expressed concern for the environment and the need to rid the ocean of rubbish. The City of Greater Dandenong also used Voice Lab at its annual Children’s Forum for the second year. Voice Lab spoke to local children about making their community happy, safe and healthy. Many children expressed that being healthy included mental health, with one child stating, “To be healthy means to have a happy mind and also to eat nice foods and work hard.” You can watch a short video with highlights of children’s responses from the Forum here.
Voice Lab attended the 2019 OPEN Symposium – an event created by The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. It was held at Arts Centre Melbourne, with the theme ‘The Voices That Matter’. Voice Lab was set up in the foyer for conference attendees to explore. Most attendees work in social services, and they enjoyed the opportunity to see the inner workings of the module.
Voice Lab also went on its second interstate tour to Queensland, where it was used by Mission Australia’s Communities for Children – Ipswich to Inala to talk to local children about its community programs. Voice Lab returns to Queensland in February next year to complete the final stage of this project.
The Voice Lab prospectus outlines how Voice Lab works and why it’s a distinctive, impactful tool for consulting with children. You can download this here or contact us if you’d like a hard copy to share with your networks.
If you are interested in discussing ways to use Voice Lab in your organisation, school, consultation or program, please contact:
Viv Rosman, Executive Director
E: firstname.lastname@example.org | T: 03 9826 3301