People’s Voice Media is a charity and Social Enterprise based in Salford, Greater Manchester that works across the UK and Europe. PVM was founded in 1995 and we specialise in gathering the voices and stories of people's lived experience in order to challenge perceptions about people's lives and support people to describe their own realty. We curate the stories to give insight from real people, in order to better inform and influence policy and service agendas and run "Conversation of Change" events to co-produce new ways of working. In 2013 we were recognised as being one of the top 50 digital leader in the UK.
We have been involved in digital inclusion, community information, and ICT skills training since 1999. Our flagship is our Community Reporter programme which we started in 2007. In 2011 we developed the social license model as a way for our members to replicate the programme. The social licensee networks allows different organisation and people to share knowledge, skills and resources in order to create different solutions as well as providing a sustainable income source to those organisations through reselling of the Community Reporter programme and the commissioning of insight from mainstream agencies. All our reporters are accredited and quality assured through the Institute of Community Reporters (ICR) founded in 2012. In 2013 The ICR went on to form the European Network of Community Reporters that spans 10 European countries.
Reporters are local residents, often from marginalised and excluded groups, who tell their own stories and the stories of others around them, providing the authentic voice of real people. This supports qualitative research and insights into the services, products and policies that impact many thousands of individuals from many different communities and countries.
We have experience in the UK and European public and private sectors, including Health, Education, Housing, Higher Education, Policy Institutes and Third sectors, and the Advertising industry, working with service users, residents, clients and prospective clients.
We also provide a range of 'soft skills' training such as improved communication, confidence and interview skills as well using our unique TiPPS methodology to provide skills training in photography, podcasting, blogging and film making using 'technology in the pocket' devices.
Content from our community reporters is distributed via social media channels and our coummunityreporter.net web site. We also undertake film and audio assignments to support organisations in evaluations, pre-bid work, market research and recording attendees' experiences at conferences and other events. See our seeking views section for more information and our case studies section for examples of our work.
People's Voice Media is managed by a Board of Directors
- Chair: Robert Marshall
- Professor Chris Fox (Professor of Evaluation and Director of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit Manchester Metropolitan University)
- Claire Evans (Chief Executive 4CT)
- Yogesh Virmani (Community Reporter)
- Patrick Mather (Community Reporter)
- Lesley Anderson (Finance manager CAS)