The Listening Place


Salisbury Methodist Church Newsletter

April 2017

The past few months have seen a particularly busy time for the listening place. A number of clients have appreciated the skills demonstrated by our trained listeners during our sessions both at Salisbury Methodist and St Michaels Church, Bemerton. The Trussell Trust has now opened a distribution centre at St Michaels Community Centre on Tuesday and Thursdays. Clients are also offered a free coffee and light lunch and a chance to be listened to.

Our tutors have been busy training new listeners, and will be running a new training course over the summer months – more details are available from Sue Robbins or Cecil King. Whether you plan to listen at The Listening Place or just want to brush up your listening skills for other roles, the training is thought provoking and will change your approach to listening to other people.

The unsung heroes of the listening place are our "supporters". These are a small group of volunteers who provide support to our listeners. This involves ensuring that both clients and listeners are provided with refreshments during sessions and just keeping an eye that all are safe by providing a reassuring presence outside the room for our listeners. The only qualifications needed are common sense and a friendly attitude. A number of our supporters have moved on to other things so our rota has many blank spaces on it at the moment. If you feel able to offer a couple of hours a month providing this vital service please speak to Sue Robbins or Rachel Clarke.

One final way the whole congregation can help and support The Listening Place is to hold them in your prayers as they provide a service to clients allowing them to share what are often harrowing tales and aid them to find a way forward.

"Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable." ― David Augsburger.

A.G.M. 2016

Friends and supporters of The Listening Place gathered for the Annual Open Meeting at Salisbury Methodist Church on Wednesday 5th October.  After presentation of the annual report and an opportunity for questions, they were treated to a very entertaining and thought-provoking talk by guest speaker, the Reverend Joanna Naish.   She spoke about the important role listening skills have played in her work, first as a school teacher and latterly as an ordained minister. She used stories and anecdotes, some humorous and some extremely moving, to illustrate how a good listener can help young people and vulnerable members of society find a voice and seek help at times when they feel they have no one to turn to.