Durham Christian Partnership runs a successful Effective Listening Skills course, for our own volunteers and other individuals and organisations.


As well as training its own volunteers in their various roles, we provide courses and organises events to inform and educate on a range of topics for all the community.  Previous events have included mental health, addictions, bereavement and the needs of people with dementia.

Effective Listening Skills

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around"

- Leo Buscalgia

A strong thread running through all of Durham Christian Partnership's projects is listening. We all listen to others everyday, but how much do we actually hear? Is good listening as simple as it might seem?

When someone listens effectively they give the other person their heart, mind and undivided attention; giving the other person the chance to off load and unburden themselves.

How to listen effectively

DCP runs a number of Effective Listening Skills Courses each year. The course is very practical, with some theoretical content and covers effective listening skills, safeguarding and boundary issues and how to support people in difficult and distressing circumstances.

"I have really enjoyed the course... It was great meeting new people and learning new skills and techniques."

“A very thought provoking and interesting course.”

There is no set charge for the course as DCP wants to make the course accessible to all. Participants are invited to contribute to the cost of running the course based on what they are able to give. It is suggested that participants make a donation of between £1 and £60, where possible.

If you have a larger number of staff requiring training, we can organise a group session, either at our premises in Chester le Street or in-house. Please contact us for details and costs.  

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