Tag: Active Listening.

A letter to anyone thinking about joining Active Listening

A text is 160 characters or less, a tweet is 140 characters or less. The challenge is to describe Active Listening in 150 characters or less.
‘The gentle yet effective act of showing people that they matter by really listening and relevant sign posting. Believing, connecting, transforming.’

People volunteer for Active Listening for many different reasons, but the common denominator is that by giving their time they are helping to improve the lives of some of Northern Irelands most vulnerable people. It can be rewarding and enriching and a way to:

Meet and build relationships with other volunteers;
Use existing skills and learn new skills which could be useful in your career; and
Live out and deepen your faith.

Surprise yourself. Give volunteering a go.

Romans chapter 12 verses 13 – 15  from the New Living Translation (NLT)

13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.


New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Extract from Bible Gateway.

Active Listening

Active Listening Volunteers provide a gentle, unassuming presence.
This poem from Christine often portrays our experiences of other peoples pain.

Reaching out

I feel your pain
and long to touch the hurt
and make it melt away.
Yes, I know
that I can’t really see
the breadth
and depth
of this dark valley you’re in.
I can’t truly know
just how sharp the knife is
in your soul –
for it is you in it’s path,
not me.
But I have known other valleys,
and in my heart
still bear knife-wound scars.
Even so,
I would walk your road
and take your pain
if I could.
I cannot,
And yet, perhaps
in some way
I can be a hand to hold
in the darkness.
In some way, try to blunt
the sharpness of pain.
But if not –
it may help a little,
just to know I care

© Christine Rigden 1989