We are thrilled to announce that our hearing voices group is joining the national Hearing Voices Network!
Derby Hearing Voices Group was initially developed by peers and staff in June last year. The working group met fortnightly to discuss what they would like to see from a hearing voices group, what our shared agreements would be and how we’d like to support each other. We are also pleased to invite carers and loved ones of people who hear voices, as we understand their experiences are just as important as those they care for.
Our group is now successfully running every fortnight and has regular attendance. Previous meetings have involved us watching videos, such as Eleanor Longden’s Ted Talk, and sharing different therapeutic tools, such as the A-Z coping strategies list we developed. There is always time for a cup of tea and a biscuit, too!
With the introduction to the Hearing Voices Network, some exciting developments are taking place. For instance, we will be able to advertise ourselves more widely to reach more people in need. We now have a dedicated webpage for the group, where we hope to put good news stories and up to date information. We will also be removing the referral barrier, by inviting people to just turn up. Of course, anyone is welcome to contact us first if they would like to know more.
We are also looking to recruit peer supporters who would like to volunteer to facilitate the group. This could be anyone who has heard voices/experienced things others don’t; or it could be a carer of someone who has. In return for your free time, we offer excellent training opportunities, including access to an Open College Network accredited qualification. If you’d be interested in running this group (or any others!), please get in touch with us today.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting. Please check the dedicated webpage for the latest dates.