User Voice celebrates its 8th birthday

User Voice is celebrating its 8th birthday today, Thursday 16th February. Since the charity was founded in 2009, 12,964 prisoners have voted in 24 Council elections across the country. Currently, our Councils represent the views of 106,610 people in the Criminal Justice System. In what has been a difficult period for the Criminal Justice System,...
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Engagement Team Member – (Women’s Post) – Humberside, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire

Want to be part of a delivery team at a young and innovative charity? Have you got a real passion for our values? Then read on… User Voice’s core belief is that rehabilitation only happens when everyone in the criminal justice system shares responsibility for transforming the ‘us vs. them’ division into real collaboration. At User Voice we build the...
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Service users and providers come together in the Midlands to find collective solutions to reoffending

Last week saw an encouraging co-production event take place as service users and providers came together in Leicester to discuss how to reduce reoffending in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. The event had an impressive turnout, with 18 service users and 16 service providers taking the opportunity to discover collective solutions to common problems in...
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User Voice Prison Council ‘continues to impress’ the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Birmingham

The latest report of the Independent Monitoring Board of HMP Birmingham has returned further praise for the User Voice Prison Council in the establishment, singling it out as an area that ‘continues to impress’. In the press release accompanying the report, the IMB stated that ‘the democratically elected Prison Council gives prisoners a “voice” and...
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Despite challenging times prisoners and staff vote in Prison Council elections to be part of the solution

Last Wednesday (16 November) saw Prison Council elections take place at HMP Pentonville and HMP Birmingham. In the wake of a difficult month for Pentonville, the election saw an impressive 960 votes being cast in the 1300-strong London prison as prisoners and staff alike engaged with the democratic process. The HMPeople party emerged narrow winners...
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