About SLCo

The Speech Language Communication Company (also known as SLCo) emerged as a new charity registered in Scotland in January 2016. We operated as Afasic Scotland for 18 years, as an independent branch of the UK-wide charity. Our base in Dundee and presence across Scotland has developed over time, and as a result of listening to and reviewing the needs of the beneficiaries, and the shifting charity and financial landscapes, it was agreed that we would branch out into a separate entity in Scotland, retaining our rich history and collaborative links.

It has been an exciting yet challenging time gearing up to our  new operational model and positioning ourselves to build a sustainable infrastructure for the future. With support from the parent organisation, we successfully transferred from old to new. This was overseen by a new board of trustees and informed by our existing parent networks, which influence and drive the direction of our work across Scotland.

As an existing key national player in promoting Inclusive Communication, we will continue to respond and support the increasing challenges families, whose children have speech and language impairments, face in their daily lives. We understand the speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) which many children, and adults, struggle to overcome. We use our expertise and range of evidence-based interventions to improve the lives of children and young people, their parents and their carers.

We will continue to build on the successes of the past, keep learning and be adaptive to change. Our values are important to us and our families are assets. They are the experts and are at the heart of all that we do. Our commitment to the principles of social inclusion and the rights of the child will be firmly grounded in our promotion, awareness raising, education and training programmes.

What we do

We know that waiting lists for statutory services can be very long. We want to help you bridge the gap.

Our service model is based on self efficacy. We want to support and enable people to do more by helping themselves, which in turn helps transform lives within families and wider communities. By empowering and training people to become more effective advocates for themselves and their children, we help create networks and relationships with local authorities, service providers, local networks and within families and between individuals. This helps local communities and their assets to grow.

We also have a number of services, groups and programmes that may be of help to you and your child. Learn more »

Our aims

Develop speech and language

Our biggest aim is to make sure that every child can access quality speech and language support whenever they need it.

Promote social inclusion

And children’s rights. It’s really important to us that children and their families are informed and included, and that their voices are heard.

Support families

Children, parents, carers, siblings and grandparents alike. We aim to help build confidence, provide opportunities and develop key skills.


Our organisation is led by a board of trustees. Their range of business and professional skills help better shape essential components of the charity’s business needs. The SLCo Parent Network and the voices of children and young people will also help to shape and inform the work of the charity as they are our most vital assets.


  • -The Board establishes the framework for SLCo
  • -Creates and updates the mission and vision statements
  • -Defines what benefits SLCo will provide to whom and what it will cost


To deliver them

  • -Determines how performance will be measured



  • -The Board sets the direction for SLCo
  • -Sets goals and approves and monitors the strategic plan
  • -Develops policies, including the policies that govern how the board will operate



  • -The Board is responsible for the behaviour and performance of board members and the executive
  • -Establishes the code of ethics for the board and Executive Director, including policies and conflict of interest, and sets the tone and values for the organisation’s behaviour
  • -Establishes the outcomes the Executive Director is assigned to achieve
  • -Monitors financial and operational performance. Evaluates the Executive Director based on achievement of outcomes and compliance with predefined requirements
  • -Serves as the source of appeal within the organisation
  • -Selects an auditor and receives the audit report


Good Will and Support

  • -The Board represents SLCo to the outside world and provides support and counsel to the Executive Director
  • -Supports the organisation by making personal donations, garnering resources and advisers and assisting with fundraising
  • -Serves as the organisation’s ambassador to other agencies, funders and potential funders and the general community
  • -Communicates the value of the organisation to prospective donors
  • -Attracts donors, supporters, favourable press, and new board members


Statement of the Board

  • -SLCo believes that all of its funds should be used to support the voice of a child
  • -SLCo values its donors and will not send donation requests
  • -Salary policy – SLCo conducted a job evaluation exercise which determined fair and transparent remuneration for its staff. SLCo operates a pay policy whereby the highest-paid employee never earns more than 3 times the lowest-paid employee. That equates to a 3:1 wage ratio.


Our Partners

With special thanks