As we are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, we’d like to mark Black History Month during October by charting the course of our specialist Advocacy provision to people from ethnically minoritised communities over the last 20 years or so, and sharing our key learning around how to better meet the needs of our diverse communities.
October is Black History Month so we thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase some of the amazing work of one of our Black-led member organisations and hear about what support they’ve received from the Connected Voice teams.
As our name suggests, here at Connected Voice, much of what we do is around building networks, connecting people and amplifying voices so we can collectively work towards achieving our shared vision for improving the quality of life for people across our region



My First Year as Advocacy Manager - Jane Kingston

Sometimes it’s important to stop and reflect, and at Connected Voice we are in annual appraisal season. This is an opportunity for our team to celebrate the wins and take stock of all the learning and development achieved 12 months on from when we set our work goal

Guest Blog: Northern Pride - elevating and celebrating

Following on from our Pride Month celebrations in June, we welcome a guest blog from Northern Pride talking about their challenges in organising Northern Pride, the impact of the pandemic on LGBTQ+ communities, and how they are expanding activities and events beyond Northern Pride weekend:

Advocacy support for people with Learning Disabilities

Many of our service users have learning disabilities and our advocates have a wide range of skills in recognising and responding appropriately to their needs. In Learning Disability Week we’d like to give you an example of the advocacy we provide – read Jennifer’s story

Guest blog: LGBT+ Northern Social Group

The LGBT+ Northern Social Group (NSG) began as a Facebook group in 2017. It was set up to provide a safe space for LGBT+ people to meet up and connect without experiencing the pressures, expectations or prejudices that they might encounter in other meeting spaces for LGBT+ people and communities. During Pride Month we asked LGBT+ Northern Social Group to talk us through their journey so far and how Connected Voice Support and Development has guided them in becoming a registered charity.

Budget 2021: Charities are still NeverMoreNeeded but where is the support from government?

Following yesterday’s budget announcement, I can’t help but feel disappointed that support for charities has not materialised despite the

“Homophobia’s still there even if not to the same degree”: Fighting Hate Crime against people from LGBTQ+ communities

Whilst there is much to celebrate during LGBTQ+ History Month and it is important to mark how far we have come in protecting the rights of people from LGBTQ+ communities, it is also a time to remember that there is still work to be done to ensure no-one is discriminated against or subject to Hate Crime. Sherene Meir, our Hate Crime Advocate, interviewed George