December 10th is Human Rights Day and a time to reflect on how human rights and advocacy go hand in hand.
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.
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.

National Trustees Week - Guest Blog by Simon Elliott

From Monday November 2nd it’s National Trustees week – and it’s good to take some time each year to reflect on Trustees.  There are about one million charity Trustees in the UK, providing governance to organisations which, by some estimates, contribute £200 Billion of economic value each year.

Marking Black History Month – Guest Blog from North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T)

This Black History Month we can’t merely share yet another Martin Luther King Jr. quote or mourn the loss of the Obamas in the White House as we may have done in previous years.

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.

Why not get on your bike?

Four years ago, I signed up to the Bike to Work scheme. My company was promoting this scheme as it worked through achieving the Better Health at Work Award. To say it changed my life may be a slight exaggeration, but it certainly contributed to some significant mind shifts and goals achieved. I was able to live within my values, overcome some fears and set myself personal fitness challenges.

Becoming an Advocate

I recently took on the new role of Manager of Connected Voice Advocacy Service and we are now recruiting new advocates. Read on for more information on a fantastic opportunity to join an award winning service.