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Making a homeless application

By Geoff Davies, Specialist Housing Advisor, Citizens Advice Staffordshire North and Stoke on Trent   Introduction This is…

Care Act Advocacy Training

Ruth Francis, Service Manager, Inspiring Change Manchester   On the 18th June VOICES delivered Care Act Advocacy…

There are few guarantors in life

By Geoff Davies, Specialist Housing Advisor, Citizens Advice Staffordshire North and Stoke on Trent   Increasingly, landlords…

Staffordshire Police: Mental Health Training Events

By Diane Malkin, Vulnerability Manager, Thematic Lead for Vulnerability and Mental Health, Staffordshire Police   As part…

What on Earth is Motivational Interviewing?

By Steven Talbot, Learning and Development Consultant, Steven Talbot Consultancy   Ambivalence, oh my – just the…

Shining a light on Social Work placements

By Nicole Davies, Senior Lecturer and offsite educator of social work practice   I’ve worked as an…

Dates for your diary…

Multiple Disadvantage Day 2019 Over the last year the National Communications Group, comprising of representatives from…

Universal Credit and Universal Credit Housing Costs: Prisoners

By Karen Dunn, Specialist benefits advisor, Citizens Advice Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent In this months installment…

Not just for Christmas…

By Dean Spruce, Communication & Media Coordinator, VOICES   The month is January, it’s cold, there’s snow…

Personal Independence Payment Assessments: Mental Health and ‘Good Reason’

A common issue arising from our work with VOICES is getting benefits reinstated or a…

Valuing lived experience and busting the lifestyle choice myth

Photo: Andy Meakin congratulating Jason Smith on his speech and poetry performance By Andy Meakin, VOICES…

Welfare Benefits – Hints and Tips: Help to Save Account

By Karen Dunn, Specialist Welfare Advisor, SNSCAB & Sharon Sharman, Learning and Evaluation Manager, VOICES   Help…

Supervision: More questions than answers?

Steve Freeman, Solution Focused Practitioner. www.stevefreeman.org.uk This article is late to press. It’s very, very late.…

A visit to Wrexham NPS taskforce and community hub

By Steve Willis, Service Co-ordinator, VOICES   Stoke-on-Trent Police recently organised a visit to Wrexham where they…

The benefits of checking benefits

By Karen Dunn, Specialist Benefits Advisor, Citizens Advice Over the last four years VOICES and Citizens…

Trapped in unemployment

By Steve Barkess, Community Development Coordinator, VOICES   Throughout the UK there are many people who reside…

HMP Dovegate NPS Learning

NPS is a major concern in our prison.  The Substance Misuse team at Dovegate took…

Transgender – Who Cares?

By Steve Barkess, Community Development Coordinator, VOICES   Following my article focusing on Transgender and Poverty myself…

Appealing a benefit decision? You need to read this…

By Karen Dunn, Specialist Benefits Advisor, Citizens Advice Staffordshire North and Stoke   Following a recent discussion…

Approaches to well-being

By Helen Dos Santos NLPMP, Wellbeing & Resilience Life Coach   Staff at VOICES are people that are passionate…

Isolation, Loneliness & Connection

By Dean Spruce, Communication & Media Coordinator, VOICES   I recently had a conversation with an inspirational…

Ever heard of the Plain English campaign?

By Mandy Jago, Staff Wellbeing Manager/Organisational Development Consultant, NHS Combined Healthcare and VOICES volunteer   Ever heard…

From Stoke to Seattle

By Steve Barkess, Community Development Coordinator, VOICES   My adventure is soon to begin… In a few days’…

Rough Sleeping, to citywide teaching

Lee Dale, Expert citizens, VOICES   In 2014 I was invited to do a short interview with…

Citizens Jury – Appropriate access to mental health services

Steven Barkess, Community development coordinator, VOICES   This month my colleague, Dean Spruce and I, attended a…

I remember the first time I went to see a doctor about my mental health…

Erin Dunn, Administrator, VOICES I remember the first time I went to see a doctor about…

Making the case for systems change

Dean Spruce, Communications and Media Coordinstor, VOICES In my role for VOICES the term and the…

Poverty and Transgender

Written by Steven Barkess, Community Development Coordinator, VOICES I am a member of the LGBT community…

Shared Learning creates an Integrated Approach and Holistic Support

Written by: Steve Gaunt, Employment Advisor – Families Matter Initiative, Department for Work and Pensions As…

Connecting and Learning with Local Organisations

*Article originally featured by Staffordshire University, School of Law, Policing and Forensics Written by Sarah Page,…

The Care Act: a toolkit for advocacy

By Bruno Ornelas, Service Manager, VOICES and Dr Michelle Cornes, Senior Research fellow, Kings College…

Making Sense of Social Prescribing

By Steve Barkess, Community Development Coordinator, VOICES This month as a member of the community development…

Volunteering and Me

Author: Danny Daniels – VOICES Peer Mentor I first thought about volunteering when I was in…

Some people need a damn good listening to!

By Steven Talbot Steven is an independent deliverer of training, who contributes to the VOICES learning…

Nothing But Trouble

Author: Andy Meakin, Director, VOICES We regularly hold quality assurance meetings at the office. It’s important that…

From First Impressions through Reflection to Fulfillment

Author: Dan Jones, VOICES Peer Mentor & Expert Citizen A Journey from Volunteering to Higher Education “Am…

Imagine you’re in a kitchen

My parents made our home in rented social housing. I spent the first 19-years of…

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