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Hearing Voices bags Awards for All funding

Our Hearing Voices service in Perth & Kinross and Angus has been awarded funding by National Lottery Awards for All to help more people access support.

Our Hearing Voices service in Perth & Kinross and Angus has been awarded funding by National Lottery Awards for All to continue running the service and help more people access support within both localities.

£10,000 will come from National Lottery Awards for All and will enable people to build confidence and help combat their voices, disturbances and thoughts across Tayside.

The fund stems from The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland, made possible by National Lottery players.

The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Chair, Kate Still, said:

“National Lottery funding can make amazing things happen in local communities across the country. This project delivered by Change Mental Health, is a great example of community activity in action, showing just what can be achieved not only during the Festive season, but all year round, when people come together for a common cause or to help others.

“National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is helping to support this vital work which is making a real difference to so many.”

Hearing Voices provides support to people who experience symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia, meaning people might hear voices or endure sensory disturbances and invasive thoughts.

Service users of our Hearing Voices service said:

  • “I’ve not spoken to anyone with lived experience before, that’s actually made me feel hopeful.”
  • “This support is very valuable and important. If it was not for this support, I would probably not be alive.”

Hearing Voices offers a safe space for people to talk about their experiences and make them realise that they are not alone. The service was created almost three decades ago by people who hear voices and is entirely person-centred in its approach, using lived experience to inform the practice of delivering support.

“This funding is a great opportunity to keep Hearing Voices running across Perth & Kinross and Angus.

“It’s a unique service and it means we can continue supporting people who hear voices, which stems from how we started as a charity 51 years ago.

“We look forward to supporting more people in the community in a way which works best for them.” – Sandra Young, Service Manager for Change Mental Health in Tayside and Angus.

We run other services in these localities, including Carer Support and Resilience, which Hearing Voices often refers to and from. Carer Support improves the health and wellbeing of carers while responding to the unique challenges they face of caring for someone living with mental illness. Resilience promotes positive mental health while identifying mental health needs early to help people move forward with their lives.

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