Effective Listening Skills & Building Resilience in Yourself and Others

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This course is ideal as both a refresher for those returning to their volunteering roles or those new to volunteering within their community

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The aims of this course is to help volunteers ,working in the community, to identify the skills required to help earn the trust of those being supported, whilst learning to understand their situation. It also allows participants to focus on their own self-care, as well as understanding boundaries.


- Understanding new boundaries: the importance of keeping work and home life separate and avoiding becoming overwhelmed by clients’ needs.

- Active Listening Skills: Understanding the core skills needed when interacting with clients, focussing on being fully non-judgemental in our listening and avoiding being entirely solution-based in our responses. How to initiate, manage and respond during challenging and difficult conversations.

- Understanding the impact of change: the emotional impact of the profound changes that both clients, colleagues and ourselves are experiencing and how this directly affects emotions, mental well-being and our interactions and conversations with others.

- Accessing resources: building your knowledge of a wide range of accessible support resources for your client and how best to utilise these. This will include local support organisations, as well available online resources that we feel are of value.

- Anxiety Management: Understanding and supporting effective Anxiety Management techniques

- Self-care and building resilience: understanding the importance of supporting a client without becoming overwhelmed by their distress, how to manage difficult emotions (both yours and theirs) and how to maintain good levels of selfcare to conserve your resilience as an effective volunteer.

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This course is ideal as both a refresher for those returning to their volunteering roles or those new to volunteering within their community.

For experienced volunteers who feel confident in their communication and listening skills, this is an opportunity to review how the last years’ Covid restrictions has eroded and changed everyone’s communication abilities as well as the impact this has on our interactions.

Quotes from previous course attendees:

“I learned the importance of boundaries, self-care is extremely important and to ask important questions and be confident you will be helping someone.”

“I highly recommend this training course as the discussions allow you to see others perspective, how they look at things.”

The course is accompanied by a range of handouts and resources that can be used for yourself as well as your supportive role when working with clients.

The course will be facilitated by a trainer from Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH)

We are able to provide this course FREE of charge, due funding received from the III Fund. Only eight people can book on this course, so please make sure you are committed to the full day before making a booking. If you fail to turn up on the day or do not give at least two days notice you will be invoiced £20.

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Organiser Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise

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Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) is Stirling's local third sector interface (TSI). TSI's exist to build empowered communities with a thriving third sector, which consists of community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises. 

SVE provides services, aimed to build third sector capacity, structured around the themes of third sector excellence and resilience, social innovation, volunteering, community development and third sector involvement in community planning and decision making. 

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