Welcome to the first issue of our quarterly newsletter – Listening Matters!
We hope it will provide some additional information about the work of Listen Well Scotland and highlight future events in which we will be involved.
We extend our sincere thanks to the team at Yellow Cherry Digital www.yellowcherrydigital.co.uk for redesigning our website and refreshing our logo. We have appreciated your advice, help and efficient service, and that you have been so approachable.
Our special heart-felt thanks go to Urban Truant www.urbantruant.co.uk for their generosity in designing and creating the original charity website and giving us several years’ support and encouragement in the field of IT. Listen Well Scotland wishes UT well as it develops and diversifies.
Listen Well Scotland would like to express its sincere thanks to all our volunteers across Scotland. The charity is run almost wholly by volunteers giving their time as Trainers, Registered Listeners, Supervisors, Trustees.
We believe we can make a positive contribution to health and wellbeing through our robust listening training programme and 1 to 1 listening service Listening Time4U being delivered in different community settings including schools, GP surgeries, and family life centres.
With the changing face of the Third Sector and the expectation of a professional service being offered by charities the commitment of volunteers needs to be valued and recognised.
THANK YOU TO YOU ALL
THE WELLBEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE
A decision has been taken by Listen Well Scotland to make the focus of its work in the immediate future “The Wellbeing of Young People.”
This focus will enable us not only to develop and deliver foundational listening training for young people following our successful pilot in schools, but also to make our listening service – Listening Time4U- available in more schools and other community settings.
The focus also provides an opportunity to deliver listening training to those who have responsibility of care for young people, further resourcing them for their work.
LET’S GET LISTENING! WELLBEING INITIATIVE
Everyone can learn to LISTEN WELL!
This is an invitation to the people of Scotland to join us in making a significant difference to mental wellbeing by simply learning to Listen Well.
Every individual who learns to listen well begins a ripple effect which can transform relationships and improve wellbeing in their families, schools, work places, in public, private and voluntary sectors and in communities.
We ignore the importance of listening at a cost.
So ……… “LET’S GET LISTENING!”
Sign up to our 1-day course Get Listening! and help to make a positive contribution to health and wellbeing wherever you are in Scotland.
EXHIBITING AT THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
Listen Well Scotland is delighted that pupils who gained the Listen Well Award after participating in our new listening course for schools – LISTEN WELL – run as a pilot in 7 schools in Scotland – will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Members’ Lobby area of the Scottish Parliament Building in the week beginning 25th June. The young people will hopefully be able to talk with MSPs not only about their experience on the pilot but also about their thoughts and feelings on the issue of mental wellbeing in young people.
The schools sending pupils are Carluke High School, Charleston Academy, Keith Grammar, Kingussie High School and Speyside High School.
It is hoped once funding can be secured the Listen Well course providing young people with the transferable life skills of active listening can be rolled out to other schools across Scotland over the next 3 – 5 years.
Listen Well Scotland wants to thank once again the 95 participating pupils. They were a pleasure to work with and a credit both to themselves and their schools. We would also like to thank the staff who provided constant support and administration during this pilot.
The winner of the Listening Challenge was Speyside High School who created a very moving video highlighting the importance of listening for health and wellbeing. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it the link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74P-XlbY594
EFFECTIVE LISTENING FOUNDATION COURSE
The next Effective Listening Foundation Course is on 21st and 22nd June in Nairn.
For further information or to apply see under Open LWS Courses
We are delighted that several individuals have committed themselves to joining our volunteer team as Trainers and Listeners. At present they are participating in our robust volunteer training programme. We are very grateful for the wealth and diversity of experience they will bring to Listen Well Scotland and we look forward to the strengthening of our volunteer base.
The date of our next volunteer and recruitment training programme will be announced soon. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook and Twitter pages. A local focus starts on 20th June to recruit in Mid and East Lothian
In the meanwhile, we are still looking for committed volunteers to join our Board of Trustees. We are particularly requiring individuals with experience in business, marketing and strategic planning. All our trustees must have a passion for the importance of listening for health and wellbeing and willing to help us develop our work in Scotland, making a positive contribution to wellbeing through our robust training programme and one to one listening service – Listening Time4U.
DONATE ON LINE
Listen Well Scotland is pleased that donations are now able to be received online on our new website. As with most small charities we are reliant on receiving money not only through our funding applications (presently in process) but also the generosity of individuals willing to support the work in which we are involved.
With the focus of our work being on the wellbeing of young people why not help us make a start to secure the necessary funding to enable us to deliver our 2-day Listen Well Course to schools across Scotland. The cost for delivering this course to 16 pupils is £500 (just over £30/pupil)
Any donations received would also help towards the cost of travel and subsistence for the pupils exhibiting at the Scottish Parliament at the end of this month. No donation is too small, and we sincerely thank you in anticipation of your generous response.
Our next newsletter will be at the beginning of September