NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is calling on budding young comedians, to enter Wales’ joke telling competition for primary school pupils.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Culture, is urging young children in his Region, to take part in the contest to help raise awareness of the importance and fun of communication.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, RCSLT, is running Wales’ first Voice Box awards supported by the National Association of Head Teachers, NAHT and Parentkind and inviting mainstream primary and special schools to take part.

Mr Hamilton said:

“This is a wonderful way of helping children to build communication skills at an early age and important for their social and emotional development as well.

“I welcome this excellent initiative which will help to boost confidence and self-esteem.  Apart from being a lighthearted way of involving the whole school in the planning and preparation, there is also an opportunity for some lucky pupils to see their winning joke in print.

“We all know children love telling jokes and I hope schools will join in the fun to find their funniest child and support them in the competition.”

All participating schools will have their joke featured in the 2019 Wales Voice Box joke book and will receive a complimentary copy for their library.

Schools should submit their pupil’s funniest joke to the RCSLT by Friday December 21 2018 for the chance to go through to the final in the Senedd next year.

The judging panel will then shortlist the best jokes in January 2019 and the best will be shortlisted and go forward to a live final, which will be held at The Senedd on April 3 2019.

There will be 10 finalists selected to participate in the live final, and prizes on the day include an iPad.

For more information and a link to the online toolkit go to http://www.givingvoiceuk.org/voice-box/voice-box-wales/ .

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