What are we aiming with this Project?
The project aims to support voice hearers through a journey of training opportunities to enhance their skills, mental wellbeing and build confidence in providing support to others.
In Phase One of the project, focus will be made on Personal Development/Recovery. This theme provides voice hearers with valuable strengths based workshops lasting between 3-12 hours per course and will be developed and offered within Hearing Voices Network Dundee (HVND) premises on a rolling basis. These courses will focus on recognising and building upon participants’ strengths. Topics are expected to include:
- Knowing Myself
- Hidden Talents
- Personal Narratives
- Non-Violent communications
- Healthy Relationships
- Finding Personal Meaning in Voices
This will then build individuals confidence to be able to support others and commit to a lengthier supporting recovery training course.
In addition, as part of Phase One, we plan to create Ambassadors of Recovery who will build awareness and acceptance for voice hearing and help to remove the stigma surrounding people who have these experiences. HVND will connect with local organisations, universities and/or other public sector organisations in Dundee, to deliver awareness raising workshops which may include a simulation exercise for the experience of hearing voices and, through the sharing personal recovery stories of voice hearers who have found acceptance, validation and benefit from HVND’s services,
The funding requested as part of this application will support the work of Phase One of the project.
If phase one is successful, we will make an application for funding for Phase Two. This phase will focus on Supporting Recovery. Furthermore, it focuses on voice hearers building upon their lived experience and developing their skills to work in a mutually and empowering way to offer peer support.
HaVeN Training Pathways is being funded by the community innovation fun, NHS Tayside.