September ’18

September ‘18 Welcome to our quarterly newsletter – Listening Matters!


THE MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG PEOPLE continues to make alarming headlines on an almost daily basis.


Listen Well Scotland continues in its commitment to make a positive impact on the wellbeing of young people. We are delighted that since our last newsletter Listening Time4U is being delivered in 3 more schools – in Moray and Highland. We are now in 6 schools in Scotland with other schools waiting for Registered Listeners to be available.

We are greatly encouraged by the very positive independent evaluation, produced by Research Scotland, of the pilot in 7 schools last year involving 95 pupils – the Listen Well Award. This report is available to download under News in our website. Since then 3 more schools have already booked our Listen Well Course for senior pupils – in Inverness, Nairn and Stirling with others considering the opportunity.

Several enquiries are also now coming in for listening training for teachers, so we are optimistic that our Get Listening! Course will be the training of choice.


  Exhibiting at the Scottish Parliament in June ’18.

A special opportunity to exhibit the Listen Well Award took place at the end of June. It was the final week of the Parliamentary session before the summer recess, so we had the opportunity to experience the exciting happenings in the life of the MSPs.

Our grateful thanks go to John Finnie MSP for sponsoring this event and for all the help and support from the staff at the Scottish Parliament.

Listen Well Scotland was extremely proud of the young people who represented their schools during the week – Carluke High School, Charleston Academy Inverness, Keith Grammar, Kingussie High School, Speyside High School. They were such great ambassadors not only for their schools but also for Listen Well Scotland.

We were grateful to the MSPs who took the time to stop and engage with these enthusiastic young people, learn about the pilot and recognise the significant impact these young people could make to mental wellbeing through the learning gained on the course. You can see photos on the News page.



For those of you who have had the opportunity to enjoy a holiday over the summer we do hope you feel refreshed and are now “raring to go!”

If you are, why not consider a wonderful opportunity to volunteer with Listen Well Scotland?

Due to increased demand for our services Listen Well Scotland has launched another Volunteer Recruitment and Training Programme. Full information can be found on our website under Volunteering. We are particularly looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers – 6 to join our Training Team and 6 to join our Registered Listener team able to offer Listening Time4U in schools in Mid and East Lothian.

The closing date for applications is 30th September so please don’t miss out.


While the focus of our work in the immediate future is the wellbeing of young people, we will continue to deliver training in response to requests from any organisation. We are delighted that 4 new organisations have booked training recognising the importance of listening for health and wellbeing.



 New Faces 


Listen Well Scotland is pleased to announce that our new Chair is Anne Attenburrow. You can read about Anne under About Us – Our Team.

She brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and we are grateful for her commitment and support. 


We are also delighted to welcome Alison Richmond as our new Administrator. Alison brings considerable experience and has already being working extremely hard in our much-needed Funding applications. It is so encouraging to have two people with such a passion for the importance of listening and a commitment to help Listen Well Scotland grow and develop.

THANK YOU TO YOU BOTH!  We are very appreciative.

It is also hoped that another two faces will be joining the Board soon!



We are very grateful for the commitment of our present team of volunteers but as the demand for our services grows we recognise the need to increase and strengthen our volunteer base. It is our intention to develop the structure of the organisation over the next year. We are working to build a Development Team responsible for the strategic direction ensuring our charity is “fit for purpose.”  We are confident that as a charity committed to our values we can make a significant impact on mental wellbeing through the professional delivery of our Listening Training and 1to1 Listening Service Listening Time4U.

Our Values

  • Accepting people as they are
  • Being open and transparent in what we do and say
  • Committing ourselves to quality and integrity
  • Being real with ourselves and others


At the end of October, The Bield at Blackruthven will be the setting for a 3-day programme of meetings for our Volunteer and Development Teams.



Listen Well Scotland sends its warmest CONGRATULATIONS to The Bield at Blackruthven as it celebrates its 20th birthday on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd September. The Bield is a very special friend of Listen Well Scotland and we are so grateful for the years of support and encouragement from all the staff. We wish you a wonderful celebration.

If you haven’t experienced the Bield, you are missing out on something special. It is a place of rest and recreation but also a wonderful space with time to think, plan and be inspired.



Is a “listening culture” encouraged in your place of work?  Or is there a culture where people are discouraged from being able to express how they are feeling especially when experiencing difficult and challenging times?

Good listening makes a positive impact on wellbeing and everyone can learn to LISTEN WELL. Good listening can even prevent more serious mental health issues developing.

Surely every organisation would wish to promote a healthy working environment.  Why not consider signing up for our 1 day course Get Listening!




 NAIRN BOOK & ARTS FESTIVAL 11th – 16th September ‘18

 We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to introduce the work of Listen Well Scotland at this year’s Nairn Book & Arts festival. Over the years this event has gained a great reputation for the quality and diversity of its programme. We look forward to being able to share something of the work in which we are involved but more importantly raise awareness of the positive impact listening can have on wellbeing.




 Listen Well Scotland is pleased that donations are now able to be received online on our website and now on Facebook. 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.

If you are into social media we would also encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



Our next newsletter will be at the beginning of December