Harnessing Human Experience
Empowering the public to shape health & social care research & drive innovation for ageing
As NICA and VOICE, we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and support their right to be a sovereign, self-governing state.
We have watched in horror as the terrible events have unfolded in the wake of the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine. Our thoughts right now are with all those affected by the conflict - Ukrainian citizens having to flee their homes to ensure their safety and that of their families, and also Russian citizens taking a brave stand against the war, often at great personal risk.
Within our own community, we know there are many people with links to Ukraine and Russia, as well as Belarus, Lithuania and other bordering nations that are being impacted by this conflict and our thoughts are with you all.
We would direct any individuals wishing to help to humanitarian aid agencies such as the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal, International Rescue Committee, and World Vision who are all doing excellent work at this time of deep crisis.
This crowdsourced platform (created by Global Shapers hubs in Ukraine) is also a fantastic, comprehensive site compiling resources in a single place for you to help from wherever you are in a variety of ways.
Your experience. Your ideas. Our VOICE.
VOICE is a passionate community of members of the public, patients & carers who contribute their unique individual experiences to improve research & innovation. Becoming a member is absolutely FREE & everyone is welcome.
We all have experience, and so the insights, ideas and knowledge you bring can help shape health research that's important to you, and improve the products and services we need now, and in the future, to live longer, healthier and happier lives.
So join us to transform the future of health & ageing.Login / Join VOICE
“It's absolutely liberating & empowering. You really feel you're part of something quite innovative & exciting that's going to make life better for such a lot of people.”Tina / VOICE Member
“VOICE was a great way of improving our research - from citizen feedback on initial research ideas & help with designing the research, to the end of the research cycle helping us to disseminate the findings”Dr Sheena Ramsay / Newcastle University
“On every occasion there has been one of those jaw dropping moments, where we learn something from their responses that's often taken us quite some time to build in to what we do. I would say where we're at now is much better than where we would have been without that deep insight from VOICE”Professor Peter Gore / ADL Smartcare
“I have a greater knowledge base and with that comes a confidence”Sandy / VOICE Member
“We are volunteering the accumulated knowledge we have gathered over our entire lives.”Tom / VOICE Member
Join the VOICE community
VOICE is your chance to contribute your experience, ideas and knowledge to influence future research & innovation. You can make a real & lasting difference to some of society's biggest challenges.Why join VOICE?
Long COVID Research Involvement Hub
VOICE is proud to be the home of the newly Launched Long COVID Research Involvement Hub.
The Long COVID Research Involvement Hub is open to researchers & people with personal or professional experience of Long COVID to share knowledge and guide how Long COVID research is designed, carried out and communicated.
Find out more
From workshops to events, questionnaires to webinars - there are always opportunities to get involved in research & innovation. Have a quick look through here, or click the button below to see all of our current opportunities.View all opportunities
We are looking for volunteers to help us understand the cause of Long Covid, design a test for it, and propose treatmentLearn more
Share your thoughts on our topics and questions to help evaluate an active ageing programme being tested in NewcastleLearn more
We’d like to hear the views of people with disabilities (or their carers/family members) about taking part in researchLearn more
This study is aiming to better understand the cause and purpose of migraine.Learn more
Involving the public in your health research
VOICE is a thriving community of public, patients & carers who are passionate about working with researchers.
Find out how VOICE can help you with your research projects. From recruitment of patients & public for involvement workshops and lay representatives for project steering groups to live streaming events & facilitating online discussions - we're here to help.
Browse latest articles
Read the latest news & blog articles from the VOICE community. Published by VOICE members, researchers & partners, they're never a dull read!View all articles
Inspiration for Innovators
VOICE is based in the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA), a world leading organisation created with a £40 million investment from UK Government & Newcastle University.
NICA and VOICE are leading dialogue with citizens on what is needed for healthy ageing. We co-design, co-develop and, with our business partners, get to market desirable products and services intended to transform lives.