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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…

Steve’s Story

This summer I had many reasons to celebrate. I reached my 40th birthday; I achieved…

Sue’s Story

Author: Sue Perry, Service coordinator, VOICES After initially experiencing poor mental health myself 27 years ago…

Darren’s Life Story

Author: Darren Murinas, CEO, Expert Citizens Through my eyes, who am I? Service user, client, customer, patient,…

Listening, learning, and leading through the lived experience of local people with multiple needs.

Coordinating services with people experiencing homelessness, mental-ill health, addiction, and offending in combination.

Our friends at Emmaus Potteries Furniture Mine are looking for volunteers. Furniture Mine supply a range of high quality used furniture and white goods to thrifty people across the area. A very worthwhile contribution to the community. See the image for details.

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