This Black History Month we can’t merely share yet another Martin Luther King Jr. quote or mourn the loss of the Obamas in the White House as we may have done in previous years.
We welcome our new Hate Crime Advocate, Sherene Meir, who joined our team in September. Read her article below which provides a really useful analysis and local information about hate crime and shows how an independent advocate can support you if you are a victim of hate crime.
Guest Blog from Sandra Morland and First Step, Newcastle 



Refugees and Asylum-Seekers: Zohreh's Story

We were grateful to receive a small grant from the Community Foundation made up of contributions from The Pea Green Boat Community First Fund, The Daphne & Martin Cookson Fund and The Sara Alexandra Bernstone Fund.

A Farewell to Advocacy

At the end of August I will be hanging up my advocacy boots and pulling on my carpet slippers when I retire from Connected Voice. Reflecting on my ten years or so with the advocacy service, the most striking thought is the amount of change that has taken place during that time.

Why not get on your bike?

Four years ago, I signed up to the Bike to Work scheme. My company was promoting this scheme as it worked through achieving the Better Health at Work Award. To say it changed my life may be a slight exaggeration, but it certainly contributed to some significant mind shifts and goals achieved. I was able to live within my values, overcome some fears and set myself personal fitness challenges.

Reflections on the Black Lives Matter campaign

We have been watching the Black Lives Matter campaign and the response from charities closely over the past few weeks. Protests across the world have brought issues of institutional racism and structural inequalities to the front of people’s minds.

Safely coming out of lockdown

For 10 years, www.OurGateshead.org has connected Gateshead residents to activities, services and information.

Gwen: A Volunteers Story

Our Volunteer Advocates play a major and invaluable role in our advocacy provision. We thank them for their time, dedication and commitment. Gwen is a volunteer advocate with Connected Voice Advocacy. This is her story of her work providing support for her advocacy partner, Sandra.