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We’re recruiting!

We’re currently recruiting for a new part-time Voice Collective Development Worker to replace Shanika, who is leaving Voice Collective to resume her university studies.

 

We are seeking a motivated, creative and confident individual for the post of Development Worker in our innovative project to establish a specialist service and network of peer support groups for young people who hear voices, see visions or have other extra sensory experiences.  The services also supports their families, carers and support workers.

 

Funded until March 2020 (with possible extension), this post will give the right person an opportunity to make an important contribution to an established and renowned project.

 

We are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility and the awareness to work well with different children and adolescent services.  In addition, the successful candidate will have excellent awareness of mental health issues in relation to young people and their families; a minimum of one year’s experience of working with vulnerable young people in a paid capacity; experience of facilitating Hearing Voices or a similar peer support group; an in-depth understanding of the principles and practice of HVN Hearing Voices Groups and a strong commitment to user-led initiatives.

 

Applications are particularly welcome from those with personal experience of hearing voices, seeing visions or having other extra sensory experiences.

 

Key information

 

Starting salary: ÂŁ14,891, plus a pension contribution

 

No. of hours per week: 21

 

Closing date for applications: 9am on Thursday 21st December 2017.

 

1st round interviews: Thursday 4th January 2018

2nd round interviews: Thursday 11th January 2018

 

Please see the Mind in Camden website for more information and to download application material: http://www.mindincamden.org.uk/support-us/jobs and do share amongst friends and colleagues.

 

Recent and upcoming trainings with Voice Collective

We’ve had a busy autumn, delivering lots of training. The past few months, we’ve had some great trainees attend our half-day, one-day and three-day Voice Collective courses. A huge thanks to all those who attended ‘Supporting Children & Young People Who Hear Voices’ on 11th September; ‘Supporting Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers Who Hear Voices’ on 25th September; ‘A Fresh Approach to Understanding Young People Who Hear Voices’ on 23rd October, and our group facilitation training on 6th, 13th and 14th November 2017.

 

We’ve got two upcoming trainings at Voice Collective, with only a few places left. On Monday 11th December 2017, we have our level 3 training, called ‘Advanced Working With Voices’, from 10am-4pm at Amnesty International UK (Shoreditch, London). This training builds upon our level 2 (‘Supporting Children & Young People Who Hear Voices’) and group facilitation training and looks in depth at things such as developing therapeutic relationships with those who do not trust easily, as well as looking at ‘taboo’ (e.g. violent or sexual) voices. (Please note: this course is deliberately kept at a small number. In order to attend ‘Advanced Working With Voices’, you must have attended either level 2 or group facilitation training with us, prior to 11th December 2017.) For more information and to register for this course, please see our Eventbrite link. There is currently one space left on the course.

 

On Monday 22nd January 2018, we are running ‘A Fresh Approach to Understanding Young People Who Hear Voices’ training again, from 1.30pm-4.30pm at Amnesty International UK (Shoreditch, London). This half-day course is an introduction to the Hearing Voices Network approach to voice hearing. It looks at what it feels like to hear voices, for a young person, as well as the impact hearing voices can have on their home, school, and social life. Attending this course is a pre-requisite to attending other Voice Collective training. For more information and to register for this training, please see our Eventbrite link.

 

Not able to attend our training at the moment? Why not email us at info@voicecollective.co.uk and ask to be put on our mailing list? This will keep you up-to-date with new trainings as they are advertised.

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!

 

 

 

New research opportunity with Voice Collective, Manchester Metropolitan University & University of Manchester

The Voice Collective team are working with two researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester to find out more about the experiences of young people hearing voices.

Earlier in the year we worked together to develop an online study exploring young people’s experiences of hearing voices – what the voices are like and how they affect young people. The study is now live, and it can be filled in by any young person under 18 no matter where they live.

The aim of the study is to learn more about what it’s like for young people to hear voices, what’s important to them and what helps. We’re aiming for the study to be used to help to improve the services that are offered to young people hearing voices, some of whom might be in distress.

If you’re under 18 and would like to take part, you can visit: www.mmu.ac.uk/hearing-voices-children.

We’re also really interested to hear from parents and carers about their experiences. To fill in the parents and carers survey, you can visit: www.mmu.ac.uk/hearing-voices-parents.

If you’re interested to find out more about the project, take a look @youngvoicestudy.

You can also find the researchers, Dr Sarah Parry and Dr Filippo Varese, here: @drSarahParry @FilippoVarese

Brookside Adolescent Unit launches its first group!

We’re super excited to announce the launch of a new peer support group – at Brookside Adolescent Unit in Ilford, London. The group’s members have named it the Brookside Voice Collective, or BVC for short.

It’s the first group for young people who hear voices that Brookside have ever run, and it’s our second group in an Adolescent Unit.

The group is open to any young people on the unit who hear voices, see visions or have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs, and it runs every Wednesday from 4.00 – 5.00pm in the group room.

The group is facilitated by unit staff, who we trained up last year, as well as members of the Voice Collective team. A huge congratulations to Danielle, Nick, Ben and Juanita for launching the group!

If you’re interested to learn more about setting up and facilitating Voice Collective groups, or if you’d like to attend one of our free training events, please speak with Eve or Shanika on info@voicecollective.co.uk.