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 over 100 volunteers, from 28 countries, 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 will be on hand from 1-4pm Monday-Saturday in the Union - our base is near the Voice office on the 1st floor, opposite the main entrance, but we also have private rooms available for 1-1 chats.
Online drop-in sessions
We also offer 1-1 drop-in support sessions on Zoom from 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.
Science of Happiness
We want to help students stay happy and well, using a positive psychological approach to developing and sustaining wellbeing in yourself and others. We are collaborating with a group of academics in New York to offer Science of Happiness training to Strath students - learn more about this at https://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org
For more information contact Marie Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org