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 Wheeler
Attending the training day surrounded by likeminded people whom all bring something special to the team really affirmed for me how lucky we all are to be a part of this.
The training was well structured and thought out and really emphasised Ubuntu throughout. The managers have been so thorough in the formatting of Just Talk policies to ensure that both the staff and clients alike are safe. The opinions and ideas of staff were welcomed and heard openly – another reason why I so much enjoy being a part of Just Talk.
Together, we can achieve so much.
Student Trainee Counsellor Jodie Wilce
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.
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
Our training day at Just Talk started with a bit of meditation in the growth of a seed which we plant ourselves symbolising our own individual growth, but also the growth of Just Talk. I saw as I looked around the room a group of volunteers rich in a common belief and goal ‘to be complete in our joining of paths and a common cause’. The positivity and belief in one room was empowering to say the least making me feel excited and proud to be a part of it. Ubuntu – collective community- A family, each and every one of us playing our part but as one.
The training day left me feeling a part of the Just Talk family making me feel incredibly proud and excited for our future ‘As One’.
Tania Lindsey-Smith Admin Lead volunteer BSc Psychology
We have been working with students from:
University of Suffolk, Ipswich & Bury St Edmunds
University of Essex
City Lit (London)
Anglia Ruskin University
Hills road Cambridge