Voices for Choices is currently supported by Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind. It is an independent group that empowers people with lived experience of mental distress in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland.
Making Sure Local Services Listen to You
Voices for Choices has already helped run a number of events to get the views of people with lived experience of mental health problems in the local area. We also have good links with local services and commissioners. As a result we are able to pass this information onto them and make a difference.
We are always keen for new people to get involved as much or as little as they want.
Getting involved in Voices for Choices is a way for you to:
• Share your experiences
• Find out what is happening locally
• Raise awareness of the issues affecting service users and carers
• Contribute to the improvement of mental health services and support
• Meet others with similar interests
Voices for Choices are funded by South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group, part of the local NHS and are made up of a strategic group and a forum.
Giving you a Strong Voice in Decisions
The Strategic Group is made up of service users, carers and key partners. They are responsible for deciding what Voices for Choices does, putting this into action and making sure that everything goes smoothly. The work ensures that the views of services users are heard and are listened to. This service also tries to get a voice on official groups when services are being changed and improved. People on this group get together regularly and also do work between meetings. Up to 12 people can be on this group.
A Chance to Share Experiences
The Forum gives you the chance to share your views and get your voice heard. You don’t have to come to every meeting, just the ones that you want to. It meets four times a year for a couple of hours each time. The people taking part suggest what topics future meetings should look at. You don’t have to do any work in between meetings.
We can pay for your fares or petrol to get to our events up to a reasonable amount.
If you want to get involved in the forum, we can help you find training and support if you need it. As well as this we can help you take part in other activities to influence and improve services.
Who is this service for?
You can join the Voices for Choices forum if you are:
- Aged 18 or over
- Live in Middlesbrough or Redcar & Cleveland
- Have lived experience of mental health
- Or care for someone who has a mental health difficulty.
What happens next?
Once you've got in touch with us, we’ll let you know when the next meeting is, what’s it about and how to get there. To keep updated, you can go to our website here and follow us on Facebook and our Twitter page.