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Idea sharing for Under 14s Hearing Voices Group

Voice Collective are looking to set up an under 14s Hearing Voices group online. We would really like to hear your thoughts and ideas about how best to support a group like this. We held a focus group at the beginning of the year and put together some of the ideas on this padlet:

https://padlet.com/smorgan169/2pwzby2io594ddja

If you are under 14 or a parent/carer/other supporter please feel free to add your ideas by clicking on the link!

Creative art workshop at the Charles Dickens Museum – October 2020

We teamed up with the Charles Dickens Museum back in October 2020 half term to hold the ‘My Technicolour Self’ workshop! About ten young people signed up for the three day event and were supported by the museum team and an artist to create  colourful self-portraits using paint, pastel, collage, coloured pencils or ink. Lots of great portraits were created, representing young peoples inner self or anything else that represented who they were. Please watch this space for some sharing of the portraits very soon!

Young Person Webinar – Treatment and Support Options 26th February 2021 6-8pm

Voice Collective are collaborating with Manchester Metropolitan University on a Special Interest Research Group funded by Emerging Minds. We will be looking at treatment and support options for children who hear voices, see visions and have other sensory experiences and beliefs. We are holding a Webinar on Friday 26th February 6-8pm. There will also be an artist who will be pulling all of your ideas together into something creative! Please sign up on our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/young-peoples-webinar-tickets-136618484565?aff=ebdssbeac

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Peer Support Space for Parents & Carers 2021

Voice Collective will continue to run our monthly Peer Support Space for Parents & Carers of Children and Young People who hear voices, see visions or have other ‘unusual’ experiences.

We are currently having the group on Zoom on the last Monday of every month 5-6:30pm. Please see below for the dates for the next few months:

Monday 25th January

Monday 22nd February

Monday 29th March

Please get in touch with us info@voicecollective.co.uk if you would like to join 🙂

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Voice Collective Training Dates 2021

We have a Level 2 and Level 3 training set for early this year. Please see dates below. Remember you need to have completed our Level 1 to sign up for Level 2 and Level 2 to sign up for Level 3:

Level 2 – 29th January

Level 3 – 8th February

Please email us at info@voicecollective.co.uk if you would like to attend or keep up to date on our Eventbrite page http://voicecollective.eventbrite.co.uk/

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Voice Collective travels to Boston for the 9th World Hearing Voices Congress

Latest News from our manager Eve…

It’s been an exciting and inspiring couple of weeks here at Voice Collective. HVN USA, the USA’s national hearing voices network, invited me to deliver two workshops at the 9th World Hearing Voices Congress, which they hosted in Boston, MA, across the 16th – 18th August.

The theme for this year’s Congress was A Revolution of Unseen Voices, creating a platform for the voices, stories and communities that have seldom been heard within traditional psychiatry and psychology. Keynote speakers included Sangoma Traditional Healer Gogo Ekhaya Esima, who spoke passionately about trauma and spiritual growth, ‘Liberation Psychologist’ David Walker, who charted the history of the oppression of the Yakama Nation in Washington, and Mind in Camden’s Akiko Hart, who spoke of our work together supporting voice hearers in prisons, forensic secure units and Immigration Removal Centres.

We were delighted to win an Innovation award from Intervoice, the International Hearing Voices Network, for our work supporting people in detention (including young offenders), and one of the young people who we’ve worked closely with over the years at Voice Collective, the brilliant Nikki Mattocks, received a Special Mention in the Inspiring Person category. An enormous well done to Nikki for all her stellar campaigning and peer support work!

More than 70 people attended the two Voice Collective workshops – “Somewhere Where I Can Be Me”: Creating & sustaining safe spaces for children & young people who hear distressing voices, and Death By A Thousand Cuts? Rethinking self-harming by children & young people who hear voices. There was some fantastic discussion about the need for peer support initiatives in other parts of the world, and what these might look like, as well as ways of reframing and responding differently to children and young people who hear voices and self-harm.

Over the next few months I’ll be following up with colleagues and friends across the States, Canada and Denmark, supporting them to develop their services for children and young people, within community and in-patient settings. We’ll also be using our learning from the Congress to develop extra resources for the website, so watch this space!