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!

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

New Hearing Voices group at Heathrow IRC

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Heathrow Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) is about to launch its first Hearing Voices group.

‘I’m very excited to be setting up the world’s first Hearing Voices peer support group at Heathrow IRC to support those individuals in our care,’ says Andrew Willock, Head of Residence at Heathrow IRC. ‘Care and Custody are enthusiastic to seek new ways to enhance detainee care within detention and believe our working relationship with Mind in Camden will be beneficial for those at Heathrow IRC.’

According to the Centre for Mental Health’s study on mental health needs and provision in IRCs, many detainees have experienced trauma, torture or oppression in their country of origin. For most, the experience of detention in itself can impact on mental wellbeing and trigger complex emotions. For some, this will include distressing voices and beliefs.

The Hearing Voices group at Heathrow IRC is the first of its kind in the world. Mind in Camden worked closely with the Mitie Care and Custody team at Heathrow, as well as volunteers from Detention Action, to identify and meet the specific needs and challenges of people who hear voices in detention settings.

 

Peer support in forensic services in Europe

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This month, Eve Mundy, who works as the Development Worker on Women’s Voices Unlocked delivered two workshops at the latest C.O.S.T Training School – ‘Patient and Carer Involvement and Participation in Long-Term Forensic Care’ – at the Department of Health in Brussels. Thirty representatives from Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, Hungary and Greece met to share best practice in patient and carer involvement in forensic care, and to develop a manifesto for change.

Eve brought expertise in creating and sustaining peer support initiatives for people in prisons and forensics, including case studies from our work with HMP Pentonville and Springfield University Hospital Forensic Services in London. We received a warm welcome from collaborators across Europe, and will be facilitating exchanges and field trips throughout the rest of the year.

For more information about the C.O.S.T Action, find out more here.

New Women’s Prison Project

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We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been awarded funding from the Sir Halley Stewart Trust to deliver a new project supporting women in prisons, forensic secure units and Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) who hear voices, see visions, have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences and/or beliefs and mental distress. This innovative project commences in April, and is funded until March 2020.

Over the next three years we’ll be establishing a network of Hearing Voices Peer Support Groups for women in prisons, forensics and IRCs across Greater London, the Home Counties and the Midlands. We’ll be working in partnership with women in these settings to develop a series of bespoke training courses and workshops, which will be rolled out across prisons, secure units and IRCs throughout the UK. We’ll also be working closely with staff, volunteers and other supporters, as well as a range of partner organisations, to develop courses and workshops that meet their training needs.

Building on the success of our peer support groups at HMP Bronzefield and HMP Downview, we’ll be delivering our next Hearing Voices Group Facilitation training on the 12th, 16th and 17th October in London. To express your interest in the course, please e-mail Eve Mundy.

Mentoring scheme for facilitators

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We’re really excited to be launching a new mentoring scheme for facilitators in prisons and secure units. We feel that facilitators could really benefit from being paired up with mentors in different organisations. In training, we hear very often that participants get a lot out of learning from others, sharing ideas, and finding out different ways of setting up and facilitating groups.

We want to build this mentoring scheme around you and your needs, so please do take a few moments to fill in our survey.

Thanks!