On Friday 25th January 2019, we held a volunteer training day! these are some of the comments we received.
I was proud to be part of the first training day for volunteers and trainee counsellors. The ‘Ubuntu’ ethos pervaded, kindled by a powerful imagery inspired meditation. Each and every person’s contribution was listened to and valued equally with no judgement, just encouragement and gratitude and it was inspiring to be surrounded by the energy and openness of the Just Talk community. So much was covered and I loved how we learnt with our whole being whether through, discussion, sharing, listening or movement!
I have come away enriched and empowered.
Student Trainee Counsellor Dorothy Wells
Today I attended my first training day with Just Talk, the family atmosphere and the professionalism of the organisation was impressive. Many people were meeting for the first time in person, however, it did not feel awkward as the carefully chosen volunteers all had a common desire for Just Talk to be a leader in counselling standards. Amongst the group of 11 volunteers, what struck me most was the desire of each and every one of the volunteers to provide the best possible service to the community of Sudbury.
Just Talk have worked hard to ensure the confidentiality of those visiting the counselling cafe facility. By providing a smooth and welcoming experience as visitors move from the shop to the cafe.
A comprehensive Volunteer Manual has been created and shared to all volunteers, to ensure that all service users can be assured of a consisted professional experience, with the wellbeing of all at its heart.
The age range, cultural diversity and life experience of the attendees of the training was refreshing broad. The desire of the leadership team to hear everyone’s voice meant, that as an attendee, I felt valued and respected.
I left the training session proud to be part of such a forward thinking, inclusive community organisation.
Student Trainee Counsellor Michelle Lumley
Life is an amazing miracle with all its challenge but one that is made easy in the company of good and vibrant people we find along the way. The training today made me realise of the greatness of this mission and the honour of being part greater than myself. Thanks Just Talk and the whole team for being visionaries and for making the wishes and dreams of reaching to many a true reality.
Student Trainee Counsellor Viktor Barbosa