News and events

We run a range of events to bring our clients together and help to  strengthen communities.  All our activities aim to empower vulnerable people to build their confidence, their resilience and their abilities.

August 29, 2019

“We’re delighted to welcome Christina Gates onto our Board of Directors as Co-Chair of the Your Voice Counts Board. Christina will be working alongside Co-Chair Lisa Kelly. Your Voice Counts currently has five learning disabled Board trustees and Lisa has chaired our B...

August 22, 2019

Gateshead Council, Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust and Your Voice Counts will be holding a Gateshead Community Model Event on Friday 27 September 2019, 9.30am - 3.45pm @ The Gateshead Marriott, Metrocentre, Marco...

March 21, 2019

The brilliant James Woolley is running the Marathon des Sables to raise money for Your Voice Counts.

James will be running 156 miles in 6 days in the scorching heat of the Sahara Desert, carrying equipment, food and water across dunes and plains, all to support the work...

March 12, 2019

Self-advocacy group Gateshead People say goodbye to their home in Swinburne House after 27 years, reflecting on their time helping people speak up for themselves and thinking about what the future holds as they move premises.

February 7, 2019

An obituary in The Guardian pays tribute to Malcolm Barron, a former Director of Your Voice Counts. Malcolm made a significant contribution to helping people people with learning disabilities, and we were lucky to work with him for many years.

You can read the obituary ...

February 1, 2019

Image: Newcastle Chronicle

Sheila shared her experience of being moved onto Universal Credit with The Chronicle, and speaks about barriers faced by people with learning disabilities when being assessed for benefits. She also talks about the significant impact it had on...

January 25, 2019

The Chronicle spoke with one of our service users, Harry, about his experience with Universal Credit and the effect it has had on his wellbeing, physical and mental health, as well as his ability to buy food and heat his home.

Our Help Through Crisis worker Gary met Har...

September 4, 2018

Gateshead People and our Help First team are working with Gateshead Public Health to help make sure staff and volunteers get the  most out of conversations they have with people learning disabilities. Making Every Contact Count (MECC) aims to skill-up people and organi...

June 4, 2018

Click on this YouTube video to see Gary talk about some of the challenges people who use the drop in face.

January 19, 2018

Gateshead People and Twisting Ducks present "We have something to say" at Alphabetti Theatre

When: Tuesday 6th February 2018

Show begins: 7.30pm
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Age recommendation: 12+

On this evening of poetry and spoken word we will hear the dynamic voices o...