Hear to Listen is a service that will offer friendly, non-judgemental, confidential, 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.
There are 4 key elements:
1. The Listeners team are student volunteers from diverse backgrounds and years/areas of study, who have chosen to give their time to accompany others. They will staff the Caim space, facilitate online support sessions, and form a mobile outreach team to students across the campus.
Volunteer Listeners receive training and supervision from Strath Union's Wellbeing Coordinator. Their role is not to counsel/direct/advise – but merely ‘accompany’– signposting to other services as appropriate, especially Chaplaincy, the Advice Hub, Disability and Wellbeing services, Strath Sport, Learner Development Services, the Library, and Strath Union social and engagement opportunities.
2. Caim is Gaelic for sanctuary, a safe welcoming space/atmosphere, symbolised by a Celtic circle, which is appropriate for a safe space in the Union where students can find someone to talk to.
Online drop-in sessions
3. Online drop-in support sessions 7-8pm daily – to provide contact/ communication/signposting – offered over the holiday periods as well as in term time. Research has shown that many people find it easier to discuss their concerns online, and this will also support students who are not on campus.
Science of Happiness
4. Science of Happiness training: a positive psychological approach to developing and sustaining wellbeing in self and others. We will initially offer the Proficiency SoH course to 100 Strath students, not only for their benefit, but also as part of a collaborative academic research study by Dr Paul Desan at Yale, leading to a publishable paper. Paul is interested in carrying out a purely online intervention by collecting and analysing pre and post data from students who complete the SoH training. Later we hope to deliver the SoH course ourselves on campus for any students who are interested.
For more information contact Marie Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org