The Hearing Voices Network Dundee is a service user led registered charity (Charity Registration Number – SC029206) which seeks to create acceptance that hearing voices is a valid experience.
Based at 216-222 Hilltown Dundee under the banner ‘HAVEN‘, a name chosen by members which utilises the initials of the Hearing Voices Network and incorporates the concept of it being a place of safety.
It provides support to voice hearers through: Bridging the Gap Project (a befriending and mentoring service); various Self-help groups; activities; and volunteering, in order to promote independence and increase people’s confidence. These enable members to develop their personal and social skills as well as providing many opportunities for all members to access, promoting recovery from severe and enduring mental illness.
The HAVEN also provides social activities which members and staff participate in. One of the first things that a person can lose when becoming mentally ill is their social skills and their ability to communicate. Therefore, social integration is fundamental in our members recovery.
Pat Webster, the mother of a voice hearer and a psychiatric nurse, began the evolution of Hearing Voices Network Dundee in 1997, mainly to support her son and to fill a local gap in services for voice-hearers. What started as a vision and personal mission soon became a reality. Pat was supported by a small group of helpers, most of who are still part of the HAVEN family today.
Over the past 20 years, the HAVEN has grown and Pat has been able to take a back seat in the organisation, allowing other to join the team and build on the success of what Pat created.
Today, the HAVEN has six fantastic staff members that support our growing volunteer network and service users. The HAVEN is now a dynamic, user-led organisation, striving to achieve our aims and support voice hearers for years to come.
Our Vision is to seek to create acceptance that hearing voices is a valid experience.
Our Mission is to seek to improve the wellbeing and quality of life for those for whom hearing voices is a valid experience.