The annual Commissioning Service for Listeners will be held jointly with the Pastoral Team on Sunday 4th February at 10.30am at Salisbury Methodist Church, led by Rev’d Dr Mark Cheetham
Do you want be a better Listener? A course which will help you improve your listening skills will be held on Saturday 20th April from 10am – 4pm at Bemerton Methodist Church, 16, Roman Rd, Salisbury SP2 9BH
This course is open to all. Course fee: £20 (Bring your own lunch)
Would you like to become a Listener? Three further training sessions will be held on Saturdays 27th April, 18th May and 25th May for those who would like to join The Listening Place as a Listener at the same venue from 10am – 4pm. There is no fee for these courses.
To register and for more details see the Courses page or talk to Cecil King or Sue Robbins
The Listening Place Christmas Tree was displayed at the Christmas Tree Festival 2023 at St Thomas’s Church and afterwards in the foyer of Salisbury Methodist Church. Apart from generating a great deal of interest and publicity for The Listening Place, the event itself was a resounding success again. 12,000 visitors from the local area, different parts of the country and visitors from as far away as America and Australia helped to raise a massive £20,000 for local charities. We felt privileged and proud to be part of this annual event and hope to do so again. If you would like to help create new decorations for next year, the please contact to Sue Robbins, Manager of the Listening Place.
Some of the bespoke decorations, made by our Listeners this year:
Awareness Raising Market Stall
On Saturday 30th September Listeners from The Listening Place manned a market stall to raise awareness of their work. It was hailed ‘a great success’ by Publicity Officer, Jill Lakeman. She said “We had a brilliant day. Members of the public visited the stall and we were able to explain our service. Some expressed interest in training to become Listeners and some people came up to say ‘thank you’ for the help they had received from The Listening Place. That was particularly heartwarming.”
Established nearly 20 years ago, The Listening Place provides a friendly and safe place where people can share whatever is on their mind with a Trained Listener. Listeners don’t interrupt, advise or judge but, by listening, can often help to find a way forward. The service is completely free and confidential. No notes are taken or kept and only first names are used.
‘Now, more than ever, people need our Listening service’, commented Sue Robbins, Manager of The Listening Place. ‘We are probably unique in Salisbury, as we provide walk-in, face-to-face sessions, where people can talk through their problems, worries or concerns’
” There’s Always Hope”
Kathryn Ford, Area Manager for CAP in the South West of England gave an uplifting and informative talk to the 19th Annual Open Evening of The Listening Place on September 5th at Salisbury Methodist Church. Describing the work of CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Kathryn was able to give statistics which demonstrated their success in helping people manage their money and their debts more effectively both nationally and here, in Salisbury.
A person who had been helped by CAP locally attended the meeting and spoke movingly of her journey to become debt free. She described how, working alongside her, CAP had helped her maximise her income and put together a money management plan. Her faith had been deepened by the experience.
Kathryn described the hopelessness and despair of people finding themselves in debt and the effect of debt on their, and their family’s mental health. Often single people, they became isolated and ashamed and often took a long time to ask for help. She encouraged those in need of help to reach out to CAP. They would be listened to, not judged and confidentiality ensured.
Whilst celebrating their own deep Christian faith in action, Kathryn emphasized that CAP helped all comers, whatever their faith, gender or race. They were always there to help and advise.
In conclusion, Kathryn spoke of CAP’s wider mission to influence government on issues related to poverty, such as the national minimum wage.
A wide range of questions from the audience highlighted the growing incidence of income not meeting basic bills and the need for a voice to bring those in poverty to the attention of government.
Kathryn was thanked for her inspiring talk and presented with a basket of Fair Trade goodies by the Manager of The Listening Place.