Silence Speaks for teachers and youth leaders

Here's some inspiration on how to make your school and youth group Silence Speaks a great success!

Take a look at what our brilliant fundraisers did last year

Phoebe Hounsome, 14, stayed silent for a week in memory of her Nanny with support from her school, Chichester High.

Phoebe Hounsome, 14, stayed silent for a week in memory of her Nanny with support from her school, Chichester High.

Twenty young ladies from the 1st Furnace Green Brownies stayed silent for one hour to earn their Disability Awareness badges raising £537.

Twenty young ladies from the 1st Furnace Green Brownies stayed silent for one hour to earn their Disability Awareness badges raising £537.

Jack Purdy and Charlie Lewins, both 12, took part at Top Valley Academy in Nottingham for six hours in memory of their Grandads.

Jack Purdy and Charlie Lewins, both 12, took part at Top Valley Academy in Nottingham for six hours in memory of their Grandads.

Ideas and Inspiration

Silent games and sports

Silent games and sports

No talking doesn’t have to mean no fun! Silent games like Pictionary are a brilliant way to have fun while also learning important communication skills. Look out for more silent game ideas in your fundraising pack or try Consequences or Silent Snap! Communication is the key in team sports. Help demonstration this to young people by holding silent football/netball/hockey/rugby matches. Young people who break the silence do a good deed, pay a fine or sit out of the game for 5 minutes.

Learning through silence

Learning through silence

Silence Speaks can be incorporated into lessons across the curriculum. From helping students gain an understanding of living with a disability in PSHE, using mobiles or tablet devices to communicate in ICT, developing mime skills in Drama or even learning through silent spelling tests during Literacy. Look out for lesson structures in the schools pack.

Involve parents

Involve parents

Ensure parents are aware of the silent challenge and understand how the money raised will make a difference. Send letters home and include information in newsletters and on your websites. Ask parents to help gather sponsorship, especially for young children.

Spreading the silence

Spreading the silence

A sponsored silence doesn’t have to involve just a few students. Encourage the whole class, or even the whole school to take part and keep quiet for the day or hold a silent assembly! You can create a bigger impact and raise even more money for people affected by MND.

Quiet relay

Quiet relay

Encourage children to work as a team and share the silence in relay. Use a silent mascot (for example a soft toy) and ask whoever is holding the mascot to be silent for an allotted time until they have passed it on to the next person. Alternatively if a whole class is taking part the mascot could be used to allow students to break their silence.

Understanding motor neurone disease

Understanding motor neurone disease

Our web pages dedicated to advise and support young people have all you need to start a conversation about MND. If extra support is needed contact the Young Connect helpline on 0808 802 6262

Visit the Children and Young People pages

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