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Get Talking Hardship

By Andy Meakin, Director, VOICES   This may be an apocryphal story, I can’t remember where I…

Join the VOICES team: Systems Change Manager

This is a unique job opportunity to work as part of a vibrant and supportive…

Universal Credit: Complex Needs Alerts

By Karen Dunn, Specialist Welfare Benefits Team, Citizens Advice Staffordshire North and Stoke on Trent   Navigating…

‘Fees Fees, tell me more’ – New Tenant Fees Act

By Geoff Davies, Housing Advice Specialist, Citizens Advice Staffordshire North and Stoke on Trent   The new…

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

By Geoff Davies, Specialist Housing Advisor, SNSCAB   Introduction Last month saw the introduction of the Homes (Fitness…

Association of Charitable Foundations event

By Andy Meakin, Director, VOICES   We were delighted to welcome colleagues from the Association of Charitable…

Sharing is caring: RIPfA event

By Bruno Ornelas, Head of Service and Safeguarding, VOICES   A key lesson to emerge from VOICES…

Listening and Learning with the NHS

By Samantha Fairbanks, Learning and Evaluation, VOICES Special thanks to Lee Dale, Expert Citizens   VOICES and Expert…

New: Wellbeing Academy

By Saul Turner, Community Development coordinator, VOICES   A new venture called the Wellbeing Academy has recently…

learning Programme: Safeguarding from abuse and neglect

By Helen Jones, Adult Protection Team, Stoke-on-Trent City Council On Wednesday 13th February 2019 The Staffordshire…

Hanley week of action

By Steve Willis, Service Coordinator, VOICES   During December PC James Howard of Hanley Police led plans…

Learning Programme Update

By Sharon Sharman, Learning & Evaluation Manager, VOICES The VOICES citywide partnership learning programme continues to…

Employment Opportunity: Community Development Coordinator

Job Title: Community Development Coordinator (VOICES) Contract: Permanent post Salary: £19,780.92 Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday –…

A Model of Specialist Welfare Advice and Advocacy at VOICES

VOICES Stoke-on-Trent seeks to empower people with multiple needs such as mental ill-health, substance misuse…

Small change to system change in Stoke-on-Trent

Lee Dale – Expert Citizens C.I.C. Mandy Jago – Volunteer VOICES and Expert Citizens C.I.C. Board…

Hard Edges 2018 – Stoke-on-Trent

In 2015 Lankelly Chase published the Hard Edges report to explore the prevalence, nature, geographical…

City Centre Life Project – A new initiative to support people in the city centre

By Steve Barkess, Community Development Coordinator, VOICES & Lisa Tomkinson, My Community Matters   A new project…

Services for people experiencing homelessness in Stoke-on-Trent

By Dean Spruce, Communication and Media Coordinator, VOICES   Back in 2008, following the tragic death of…

Co-Creation – So much more than consultation

Dr John Wheeler, Associate Dean in the School of Law, Policing and Forensics at Staffordshire…

Novel Psychoactive Substances: practice implications and solutions

By Andy Meakin, Director, VOICES A multi-disciplinary community of practice   VOICES is hosting a Community of Practice…

Evaluation update

By Becky Rice, Local Evaluator   In the coming week’s two outputs from the local evaluation will…

Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2018

We would like to give our congratulations to our very own Steven Barkess, who has…

Ensuring our customers achieve their financial entitlement with a SAWBA

By Karen Dunn, Specialist Benefits Advisor, Citizens Advice Staffordshire North and Stoke on Trent At VOICES…

Exciting Opportunity – Join the VOICES team

VOICES is a partnership of voluntary, statutory, and private sector organisations that works to create…

Stoke-on-Trent CoP – Past, Present and exciting future

by Steve Freeman, Chair, Stoke-on-Trent Community of Practice Communities of Practice (CoPs) generally and Stoke-on-Trent Community…

Housing First for Stoke-on-Trent

By Andy Meakin VOICES Director VOICES has been implementing an approach to finding accommodation for some homeless…

Community Development Update

By Ben Wilson A warm welcome to Helen Bailey  Joining the VOICES team is community development…

Peer Mentoring Training

Sharon Sharman, Learning and Evaluation Manager – VOICES, and Penny Vincent, Senior Lecturer Community Engagement and Community…

Take home Naloxone kits are saving lives

Author: Dean Spruce, Comms & Media, VOICES Naloxone Training Last week the VOICES team received vital training…

New Psychoactive Substances – N.P.S. – Real Experience’s

Author: Sharon Sharman, Learning & Evaluation Manager, VOICES Expert Citizens, VOICES and RE SOLV have co…

Homeless people have the right to register with a G.P

Author: Andy Meakin, Director, VOICES Expert Citizens, Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent, and VOICES have launched a card designed…

All together now

Author: Andy Meakin, Director, VOICES I read an exciting document about commissioning today. You’re thinking ‘yeah,…

Epilicia: How Epilepsy gave me a new nickname

Author: Alicia Simmons, Service Coordinator, VOICES March the 26th was Epilepsy Awareness Day. Service Coordinator Alicia…

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