Your Voice Counts is a charity based in the North-East of England, established in 1991.
We’re a statutory provider of advocacy services, and offer learning, personal development and social opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autistic people.
Our services are designed to help people be better connected, have choice and control in their lives, and speak up for what they want and need.
Experts by Experience are at the heart of everything we do.
Our purpose and why we exist
We exist because vulnerable people often need support to participate, be included and to have a voice. A society that recognises that people with different needs and abilities all have valuable contributions to make is better, fairer and richer for everyone.
We are working to build an inclusive society that is understanding of the needs of all with communities that are welcoming and supportive, where people have the opportunity to live their best life.
Who we support
•People experiencing mental health challenges
•People with learning disabilities
•People who are vulnerable due to disability, illness or old age
Families and carers
•Our Advocacy Team provide statutory mental health and learning disability advocacy services for people living in Newcastle and South Tyneside.
•Our statutory services are Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA), Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), Independent Care Act Advocacy (CAA), Relevant Persons Representative (RPR) and Independent Case Advocacy for people with a learning disability
•Our Communities Team provide learning, personal development and social opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autistic people in Gateshead and South Tyneside
•This includes 1-1 crisis support, drop-ins and group activities and employability support
•We deliver projects on behalf of partners in health, social care, local authorities and other funders.
•We support self-advocacy and user-led groups to run their own groups tailored to their own priorities.