Listening Ear began as a concept many years ago, when Edward Hanna seen the need to help support ordinary people to make vital interventions in peoples lives, especially when it came to poor states of mind and or mental health problems.
Due to the continued professionalization of the psychology world, ordinary people were left behind and felt that they were either inadequate or felt nervous about supporting others when it came to issues of the mind. For those who wanted to help, they needed to ensure that they were doing it right!
The valuable intervention of a Daphne Logue, a senior lecturer in counselling and counselling skills, created the short and valuable course which would provide the opportunity to educate those who wanted to help support others with their state of mind
This vision of empowering and supporting 'everyday people' and young folk was also shared by Brian and Karen Kerr, who wanted to train people within their local community through their LEGASI programme. They were the first people in Northern Ireland to be trained as Listening Ear trainers and were able to successfully set up the first support hub within their local community.
Today, Listening Ear has trained and support over 100 local people who are their to listen in their community, schools and workplaces. Listening Ear Newtownabbey is also supporting people with debt, benefits and employability, as well as providing a valuable social network day and daily, just to get people talking and sharing.Their valuable work as Listening Ear volunteers is to help alongside mental health professionals by providing that 'Ear' when people just need to talk.
Our Listening Ears: Making an Impact