Hear to Listen is a service that offers informal, friendly, confidential, 1-1 wellbeing support, in person and online, and a safe space where students can find someone to talk to, to offload their worries, or be signposted to additional support if needed.
This is not counselling, nor direction, nor intervention, but simply pastoral support, offering a listening ear to anyone who wants it - even if it’s just to chat because someone is new to Strathclyde and still getting to know people and the campus.
Listeners are student volunteers from diverse backgrounds and years/areas of study, who have chosen to give their time to accompany others. The team of 125 volunteers, from 35 countries, and every level and subject of study, staff the Caim space, facilitate online support sessions, and form a mobile outreach team to students across the campus.
The Listeners offer a friendly face and a listening ear, happy to hear from students about anything, and to signpost them to other services as appropriate, especially the Advice Hub, Disability and Wellbeing services, Strath Sport, Learner Development Services, the Library, Chaplaincy, and Strath Union social and engagement opportunities.
Caim is Gaelic for sanctuary, a safe, welcoming place/atmosphere, symbolised by a Celtic circle, which is appropriate for a space in the Union where students can find someone to talk to. Listeners are on hand from 1-4pm Monday-Friday in the Union - our team base is near the Voice office on the 1st floor, opposite the main entrance, to make it easy for students to find us, but we use private rooms for the 1-1 support sessions.
Online drop-in sessions
We also offer 1-1 drop-in support sessions on Zoom, which you can join anytime between 6-8pm, seven days a week – to provide contact, listening, and signposting, for students who find it easier to discuss their concerns online, or who are not on campus.