A unique module for collecting the thoughts and opinions of children.
Voice Lab encourages reflective thinking and the articulation of feelings. It is curious and pays close attention to what children communicate. Voice Lab is an immersive, creative experience for children, one at a time.
In a world where the child’s voice is often unheard, Voice Lab provides a way for children to have a say about their present and their future.
Voice Lab embodies Polyglot’s vision to empower children. Its purpose is to listen to children’s voices and use the information they provide to make meaningful changes that can improve their lives.
Voice Lab is designed to be used in a wide variety of contexts. The conversation frameworks can be tailored to explore children’s world views, gather specific feedback, or generate ideas for plans, projects or policies.
Polyglot is proud that so many different partners have used Voice Lab to ensure that children’s voices are heard in their local communities, and we look forward to working with many more.
Voice Lab partners
City of Booroondara
City of Darebin
City of Greater Dandenong
City of Melbourne
City of Port Phillip and RedRoad Consulting
Wyndham City Council
Mahogany Rise Primary School, Frankston North
St Joseph’s Primary School, Collingwood
Victorian College for the Deaf, Melbourne
Warringa Park Specialist School, Hoppers Crossing
Connie Benn Centre
Connie Benn Centre
Anglicare Victoria – Communities for Children Frankston and Gandel Philanthropy
The Smith Family – Communities for Children Bankstown
Mission Australia – Communities for Children Dandenong
Mission Australia – Communities for Children, Inala to Ipswich
Examples of children’s responses
Voice Lab: Does it help to talk with others about your feelings?
Child: Yes you should always do that, because then you have someone to look after you, and you have someone who always has your back…
Voice Lab: What do you think it means for people to feel connected?
Child: It makes people feel like they have a place in this world and they are loved.
The material we now have because of this experience is proving invaluable in how we now shape the workshop program and demonstrate what we do… It has strongly reinforced the limitations of written feedback…
Rose Cuff, Executive Director, Satellite Foundation
Voice Lab is the best thing I have ever done, it made me feel like I was being heard.
Student, primary school residency
RedRoad does a great deal of consultation with children and young people and Voice Lab is one of the standout methods we’ve seen in engaging children in rich, thoughtful and clever conversations about their lives.
Andrea Cook, Director, RedRoad Consulting
This is a really amazing experience that almost feels like it’s come to me in my dreams. It’s really cool and I think this is really important for more kids to do.
Child, age 12
It was an opportunity to stop, reflect and feel like they have been heard in a way that is helpful for their own individual growth and development. For our school it is a powerful tool. We are always looking for ways in which our students are able to get in touch with their feelings and thoughts.
John Culley, Principal, Mahogany Rise Primary School