Following yesterday’s budget announcement, I can’t help but feel disappointed that support for charities has not materialised despite the
Whilst there is much to celebrate during LGBTQ+ History Month and it is important to mark how far we have come in protecting the rights of people from LGBTQ+ communities, it is also a time to remember that there is still work to be done to ensure no-one is discriminated against or subject to Hate Crime. Sherene Meir, our Hate Crime Advocate, interviewed George
December 10th is Human Rights Day and a time to reflect on how human rights and advocacy go hand in hand.



LGBTQ+ and homelessness

Connected Voice is hosting a 'Doing Things Differently' event on 2 December, which includes the Albert Kennedy Trust talking about meeting the hidden needs of young LGBTQ homeless people as demand for their services has soared. Here we tell the story of one of our service-users from the LGBTQ+ community and how we supported them.

Using Care Act Advocacy to protect people at risk of harm and abuse

During National Safeguarding Awareness Week (16-22 November) we want to focus on the support our Independent Advocates provide under the Care Act 2014.

Advocacy and safeguarding in Safeguarding Awareness Week

In National Safeguarding Awareness Week (16-22 November) Jane Kingston gives an overview of safeguarding,  explains how advocacy supports people going through safeguarding processes and what to do if you suspect someone is at risk and unable to protect themselves.

Who knew? - marking Black History Month

Guest Blog from Sandra Morland and First Step, Newcastle 

Refugees and Asylum-Seekers: Zohreh's Story

We were grateful to receive a small grant from the Community Foundation made up of contributions from The Pea Green Boat Community First Fund, The Daphne & Martin Cookson Fund and The Sara Alexandra Bernstone Fund.

A Farewell to Advocacy

At the end of August I will be hanging up my advocacy boots and pulling on my carpet slippers when I retire from Connected Voice. Reflecting on my ten years or so with the advocacy service, the most striking thought is the amount of change that has taken place during that time.