Network for Change Hearing Voices Group

by Network For Change

About the project

Does Dexter Hear Voices?

I guess we will never know (unless anyone can talk K9)

But we do know that many humans do hear voices. Perhaps you experience voices or know someone who does. It’s more common than you think.

St Joan of Arc, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Vinnie Jones, have all experienced voices.

There are many theories as to why people hear voices.

Traditionally distressing voices have been associated with a mental health conditions but we know through research that many more people hear voices without seeking help from psychiatric services than those that do. We think this has something to do with the relationship people have with their voices and how this affects their lives. In some cultures hearing voices is seen as a gift.

For many people hearing voices isn’t always a bad experience. Voices can offer companionship and advice but for a few they can be terrifying, disruptive and abusive and have a real detrimental effect on people’s lives and voices can start at any age, often following a significant event such as trauma, bereavement or another big life change. Similarly there are lots of explanations and theories as to why people experience visions and other unusual experiences.

We also know that one of the best ways of developing better coping strategies and really getting to the root of individuals distressing voices, visions or other unusual experiences is through local Hearing Voices Self Help Groups.

The first hearing voices group was established in Manchester over 25 years ago and sparked an international hearing voices movement.

We want your help to set up Leicester’s first independent voice hearer led support group. £2000 – will help us to run the group for one year and to train group facilitators.

For more information and advice on hearing voices visit:

If you need convincing of the power or hearing voices groups watch this TED video;TEDLondon
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  • Sheila James UNITED KINGDOM
Organisation Details
Network For Change
150-152 London Road
Leicester, Leicester
0116 2470335
Industrial and Provident Society
Sponsoring Charity
9 Mansfield Place
London, Greater London
+44 (0) 20 7722 8154
Company Number #06374591
Registered Charity #1122095
30 January 2013 - 09:03 - crowdfunduk
An excellent project - best of luck!
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Tipping Point £1,000
Run a regular group for 12 months £2,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Many people experience voices, vision and other experiences which they can't explain but that might cause them a great deal of distress or discomfort which can have a big impact on their quality of life. Some people with these experiences may end up seeking help from psychiatric services.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Statistics tell us that approximately 10% general population hear voices and because of sigma associated with voices and the links to ‘madness’ it is possible to assume this may be even higher. Traditionally voices have been associated with mental distress however there is now a vast amount of research that suggests that many people hear voices who never come into contact with mental health services.
What is your solution?
We are starting our own hearing voices group supported by Network for Change (a mental health recovery project with 25 years experience of supporting people who have been affected by mental health problems) and led by people who hear voices and/or have other unusual experiences.
How will you deliver this?
Hearing Voices Groups offer a safe place for people to feel accepted and comfortable sharing their experiences of voices, visions, tactile sensations and other unusual experiences and perceptions. People meet together to help and support each other, to exchange information, and to learn from one another. Groups also offer an opportunity for people to accept and “live with voices” in a way that enables them to regain some control over their lives. Our long term plan is for this to be the first of many groups throughout Leicester and Leicestershire. The more the group progresses the more good work we can do. Once the group becomes well established for example we hope to extend its work by seeking further funding for participants to train as facilitators and deliver groups in other settings such as prisons, hospitals and education establishments.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Tell your friends. Use your social networks to spread the word about our campaign... The more people we reach the more funds we can raise.
  • 5 minutes
    Raise your awareness – Read an article on Hearing Voices, Here are some suggested websites for information. If you need convincing of the power or hearing voices groups watch this TED video;TEDLondon
  • 15 minutes
    Read and article and tell your friends to do the same. We really need to shift attitudes towards voice hearing as a valid and common human experience (not as a symptom of mental illness but as an expression of mental distress for which we need to offer support and space for people to understand and work through)
  • 30 minutes
    Write a letter or send an email to your local Clinical Commissioning Group asking them to support local mental health groups and organisations and their vital work.
  • A few hours
    If there is anything you can offer in the way of time to help us develop the campaign and or raise the profile of our organisations work we would be happy to hear from you.
  • Regular time commitment
    If you have experience of voices or visions you could join the group. Members will be encouraged to take ownership of the group and offer mutual support.

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crowdfunduk 30 January 2013 - 09:03

An excellent project - best of luck!

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Our aim is to promote and support positive mental health and well-being by: • Establishing hope inspiring relationships and environments • Providing practical and emotional support as a basis for people to explore their own potential; broaden their skills, experiences and resources to make positive changes in their lives • Challenging stigma, promoting positive identities, access and social inclusion for all those affected by mental distress

Geographical coverage

Within a city/shire

Our track record

Network for Change is a local voluntary sector organisation providing Supported Housing, Community Outreach and Resource Centre activities designed to meet the needs of adults whose mental health problems have impacted significantly on their quality of life. Our values and working practice focus on Recovery and person-centred approaches to enable wellbeing and potential.

Who do we help?

We provide a range of 1-1 support including, Housing Related Support, Outreach Support, Self Directed Support (via personal budgets) which includes both 1-1 and group activities. We also train and support peer mentors and provide a number of peer support opportunities and volunteering opportunities.

Awards And Recognitions

• National Kate Smythe Award for ‘Making a Difference’ to the lives of people who use mental health services (2002) • NIHME (National Institute for Mental Health in England) CSIP East Midlands Award for ‘Promoting independence for people with severe and enduring mental health problems’ (2005) • Mindful Employer (registered 2007) – supporting mental health in the workforce (over 50% of Network ‘s current staff have at some time in their lives used mental health services) • Supporting People Quality Assessment Framework - overall ‘A’ rating for our Floating Support Service (2010/11/12) • Investors in People (2010 - 3rd consecutive award) • ‘Network for Change is a small, friendly, caring organisation where people have a strong passion for the work they do……There is a strong feeling of pride in working for Network for Change together with a great empathy towards the clients. People genuinely believe that Network try to practice the true spirit of personalised care’. (Investors In People Report)