Voices Unlocked’s Hearing Voices Group Facilitation Training fills up within a week!

We have just announced our summer Voices Unlocked 3-day Group Facilitation Training and are already full to capacity! We no longer have to do much advertising for the courses, tickets were available for just over a week before we became fully booked.

Held over the 30th, 31st May & 6th June 2018, the training is open to people across the country who would like to develop Hearing Voices Groups in secure settings (we hold separate training for people setting up women-only groups).

Topics covered include:

  • Exploring diverse experiences & understandings of voices, visions & ‘psychosis’ in secure forensic settings
  • Coping strategies and pathways to recovery
  • Exploring power & empowerment within secure settings
  • Practical group facilitation skills, including dealing with difficult situations/problem solving

The course is free for those committed to facilitating a men’s/mixed Hearing Voices Group within a prison, IRC, medium or high secure unit.

Please email Jessica Pons if you would like to be made aware of the next facilitation course.

Workshops completed, we pass the facilitator baton to staff at HMP Huntercombe!

For the past 3 months, we’ve put on three 2-hour workshops at Huntercombe Foreign National Prison.

Staff attended facilitator training earlier this year. The next stage of getting a group launched was to give men who were interested in attending a Hearing Voices Group an introduction to the ethos and theory.

For our first workshop, we’d prepared to talk about different models of why people hear voices. Whilst this was covered, the workshop organically morphed into a group, the men supported each other when sharing their experience of seeing, hearing or sensing things others don’t.

The following two workshops continued in this vein of having a mixture of theory at the beginning (including coping strategies the men already used, what recovery might mean for them) AND then ending with a hearing voices peer support group.

We now hand the baton over to staff at Huntercombe. We’ll be at the end of a phone or computer to continue our support, we have confidence in you and the men. Good luck!

Legal Aid Peer Support Training


We’re offering free Peer Support training to legal professionals working with traumatised clients in legal aid on 18th January 2018.

In this one-day training, we will look at how the distress of detainees can affect staff and volunteers, and we’ll explore some coping strategies on how to manage our own reactions and emotions. We will also put in place the core principles of peer support so that as staff or supporters we are better able to support ourselves and others

For more information and to apply for a place, please register your interest or email Bonny Astor

1-Day Hearing Voices Awareness Training for people working in Immigration Removal Centres

We’re offering free Hearing Voices Awareness training to people working in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs). Training will be on 11th January at a central London location.

This one-day awareness training will specifically develop skills enabling people to work in a one-to-one capacity with people detained in IRCs who hear voices.

To register your interest or to find out more information, please go to our Eventbrite page or email Bonny Astor.

We’ve just come to the end of 2 group facilitation training courses!!

October has been a busy month for us here in the Voices Unlocked Team. We’ve held both our Women’s group 3-day facilitation training AND our Mixed Gender group facilitation 3-day training all in the second half of the month!

Here’s a photograph of an exercise we did in our Mixed Gender training attended by staff working in prisons, secure units and immigration removal centres.  It’s a list of coping strategies the training group had used when they’d overcome difficulties. We then talked about how these techniques could also be beneficial to voice-hearers.

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Staff attended from prisons including HMP’s Bullingdon, Downview and Bullingdon, Eastwood, Wormwood Scrubs, Bronzefield, Pentonville, Isis and Winchester. We had a range of staff from the secure units Hellingly Centre, Trevor Gibbens Unit, Bracton Centre and Brockfield House. From Immigration Removal Centres we had staff from Gatwick and Brook & Tinsley House.

Bringing together people working in different types of secure settings and with different goals for the training  – e.g. setting up brand new groups, relaunching groups, becoming facilitators for groups already up and running  – enabled networking opportunities and a broad sharing of experience alongside learning how to facilitate hearing voices groups.

We shall follow up with all who attended and shall work with people closely in a range of ways to develop and sustain groups. Watch this space!



Do you support women in detention? – help us by filling in our survey

We are looking for feedback from people who work with women who have been detained in prisons, secure units or immigration removal centres.
Please help us understand how we can best support you through training and workshops by filling out this survey and letting us know what your women need.
You can either submit your responses anonymously, or you can include your personal details at the end. Please email Eve Mundy if you’d like to be added to our mailing list.



1-day training for people who support ex-offenders in the community

We’re offering free Hearing Voices Awareness training to ex-offenders and ex-offender organisations. Training will be on 8th November at a central London location.

This one-day awareness training will specifically develop skills enabling people to work in a one-to-one capacity with ex-offenders who hear voices.

To register your interest or to find out more information, please go to our Eventbrite page or email Jessica Pons. Please get in touch if you’re interested in attending!

3 day HV group facilitation training courses in October!

We’re holding free training for people who want to set up a Hearing Voices Group in secure settings (prisons, immigration removal centre’s and medium or high secure forensic units).learning nice colours

Welcoming applications from staff across the country, we’ve had huge interest in our women’s group facilitation training – we’re now fully booked for the 12th, 16th and 17th October 2017. Training is going to be held at Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.

We have a few places left on our men’s/mixed gender group facilitation training on 18th, 25th and 30th October 2017 at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. We’d encourage you to get in touch quickly if you would like to book on to this course.

To register interest for future training or to book on to the men’s/mixed gender training course, please contact Jessica Pons.

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Voices Unlocked wins an award!


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Voices Unlocked have won the Innovation Intervoice Award! Intervoice is the International Hearing Voices Network, an organisation that works across the world to ‘spread positive and hopeful messages about the experience of hearing voices’.

We wish members of the team who are now at the 9th World Hearing Voices Congress in the USA, a good trip. It’s a chance to learn a lot from other people involved in Hearing Voices work. Also Akiko Hart will be doing a keynote speech, and Eve Mundy will be running workshops.

Good luck team!


New Hearing Voices Group launched at HMP YOI Low Newton

Staff at HMP Young Offenders Institute Low Newton have now launched their own hearing voices peer support group after attending our training in DurhamThe group takes place on a weekly basis and is open to women who hear voices, see visions or have other sensory experiences. 

We’ll be staying in touch with staff at Low Newton so we can hear updates about the group and be able to offer tips on its development.