We are pleased to receive from Research Scotland www.researchscotland.org the independent evaluation of our School’s Pilot in 7 schools in Scotland in the second part of 2017. The purpose of the pilot was to train senior pupils in the skills of active listening to make a positive contribution to mental wellbeing through improved peer communication building resilience, confidence, self esteem and reducing stigma.
Listen Well Scotland is pleased to announce we have the dates for our next Volunteer Recruitment and Training Programme. We are looking to recruit 6 Volunteer Listeners in the Mid and East Lothian region to work in schools and 6 Trainers in the Central belt of Scotland.
For further information go to Volunteering
At the end of June Listen Well Scotland had the exciting opportunity to exhibit in the Members’ Area of the Scottish Parliament. The exhibition was about the Listen Well Award, our new listening course for schools, piloted in seven school in Scotland at the end of 2017 and involving 95 pupils.
The exhibition was in a great setting at the entrance to the Debating Chamber. MSPs were continually passing to the Chamber and we had the opportunity to see at first hand the Parliament “at work.” It was the last week of parliament before the summer recess and a busy one with much activity happening including a major reshuffle of the Cabinet by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
We were very grateful to John Finnie MSP who sponsored this event and for the attentive way he and his staff looked after us during the week. Our thanks also go to all the staff in the Parliament building who made us feel so welcome and included.
Listen Well Scotland was delighted that 11 young people from the participating schools attended the exhibition having travelled quite some distance. We were very grateful to those MSPs who took time in their busy schedule to stop and speak to the young people about their experience on the pilot and to listen to their thoughts on the mental wellbeing of young people today
We were particularly grateful to Clare Haughey the newly appointed minister for Mental Health who came to find out more about the work Listen Well Scotland was doing and to learn from the young people about the school pilot.
It was our hope that this exhibition would raise a greater awareness of the charity and the positive contribution Listen Well Scotland and the young people can make to mental wellbeing through the transferable life skills of active listening and its connection to health and wellbeing.
Listen Well Scotland is offering an Exciting Volunteering Opportunity to make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of young people in Mid and East Lothian
As part of our ongoing recruitment and training programme we are looking to recruit and train new volunteers to provide Listening Time4U our 1 to 1 Listening service for students in high schools in Mid and East Lothian.
You are warmly invited to:
An Open Information Event on Wednesday 20th June ‘18
Penicuik North Kirk, 95 John St, Penicuik EH26 8AG
between 2 and 4 pm – Back Hall
If you are interested please pop in any time between 2 – 4 pm, where you can learn more through our display and short presentation and have the opportunity to speak with our trained listeners.
For further information on our volunteer training programme see under Volunteering
The latter part of 2017 saw Listen Well Scotland’s new listening course – the Listen Well Award – delivered in seven schools across Scotland as a pilot. Gaining skills in active listening, 95 young people now can have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to health and wellbeing through improved peer communication.
The 7 participating schools were:
Carluke High School; Charleston Academy Inverness; Keith Grammar School; Kingussie High School; Millburn Academy Inverness; Speyside High School Aberlour and Ullapool High School.
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