World Hearing Voices Congress: 12 - 15 September 2018 (Netherlands)

About Intervoice

Intervoice & The Hearing Voices Movement

What is Intervoice?

Intervoice LogoIntervoice (International Hearing Voices Projects) is a charity, registered in the UK, that aims to support the International Hearing Voices Movement by connecting people, sharing ideas, distributing information, highlighting innovative initiatives, encouraging high-quality respectful research and promoting its values across the world. You can see our website at www.intervoiceonline.org.

We are currently funded solely by membership fees and donations. Our trustees (‘The Board’) are elected at our AGM by members of the charity, and come from around the world. They include people with expertise gained through experience, training and/or profession, all of whom are passionate about the Hearing Voices Movement.

What is the Hearing Voices Movement?

The International Hearing Voices Movement consists of the diverse conversations, initiatives, groups and individuals around the world that share some core values. These include: hearing voices, seeing visions and related phenomena are meaningful experiences that can be understood in many ways; hearing voices is not, in itself, an indication of illness – but difficulties coping with voices can cause great distress; when people are overwhelmed by their experiences, support offered should be based on respect, empathy, informed choice and an understanding of the personal meaning voices have in someone’s life.

Members of the congress

As a movement of diverse people, countries and ideas, we recognise the importance of hearing and including many voices. As such beside our basic values we do not speak with one voice. We welcome multiple perspectives and ways of contributing. Change can happen on an individual, group, community and societal level – so whether you are working towards making sense of your own voice hearing experience, sharing information in your social circles, trying to improve the support on offer to others or are creating systemic change – we welcome you.

Membership

Am I a member of the International Hearing Voices Movement?

If you are asking this question, the most likely answer is ‘yes’. The movement has no formal membership structure, no governing body or leadership. It exists solely because of people, like you, that share its values. If you want to be a part of this, you are.

You can link up with other members of the international movement via our Facebook page, twitter or by using our website as well as coming to the World Hearing Voices Congress. You can link up with local members by joining a national network, local group or – where none are available – launching your own initiative.

How do Intervoice and the Movement connect?

Intervoice aims to support the movement, not lead or govern it.

As such, Intervoice:

  • Hosts a website and social media platforms that facilitate information sharing and enables people to connect with one another
  • Provides support and guidance to a national hearing voices network that agrees to host the annual International Hearing Voices Congress
  • Distributes a regular e-newsletter to anyone who wishes to receive it
  • Answers email enquiries, which often include requests for local support, information and research
  • Hosts the International Hearing Voices Research Committee, chaired by dr. Eleanor Longden, to promote high quality and ethical research into areas voice hearers Identify as important
  • Where possible, works with local groups in countries without Hearing Voices Networks to support the development of initiatives
  • Provides a focal point for campaigns and initiatives, e.g. ‘One of a million’ and ‘World Hearing Voices Day’

Becoming a Member of Intervoice

Whilst everyone involved in the Hearing Voices Movement is a member of it, Intervoice – as a registered charity – has a more formal membership structure. Members of Intervoice have the right to vote at the charity’s AGM, ensuring the charity operates within a legal framework.

We welcome individual and group members, and membership fees are collected annually.

Intervoice is funded solely by membership fees and donations, so our members really do help directly support our work.

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Receive our e-mail newsletter
  • Are invited to, and have voting rights at, our Annual General Meeting
  • Receive a special members welcome pack, full of useful articles and information
  • Have permission to use the Intervoice Supporter logo/ badge on their stationery, website, social media etc
  • Provide financial support for our work

Cost of Full Membership

Full Individual Membership 1 year

Type Price
Unwaged £10
Student £15
Waged £30 

 

Full Organisational Membership 1 year

Income Price
Less than £15,000 pa £10
£15,000-£50,000 pa £35
£51,000-500,000 pa £70
£500,000-£1,000,000 pa £150
More than £1,000,000 pa £250

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I would like to join Intervoice, but can’t afford the fee?

We never want people to have to make a choice between essential items for themselves or their family (e.g. food) and membership of our charity. As such, in consultation with members of the Hearing Voices Movement, we have decided to offer our membership at a fee of £1 per year for those who genuinely can’t afford the £10.

For those unable to afford £1, which in some parts of the world is a reality, please email us – money should not be a barrier.

If you would like to find out more about Intervoice, please email us at info@intervoiceonline.org.

How to become a member

You can buy your membership online at the Intervoice site, using Paypal (via credit or debit card)