Featuring: Maggie Stockton (Samaritans)
The London Hearing Voices Network (LHVN) will be extending its series of London-wide networking events into 2014. These meetings are for group facilitators (past and present), LHVN trainees, and group members who are interested in getting more involved in the network. Colleagues from Voice Collective, the London Hearing Voices Prisons project and the Paranoia Groups are also invited to attend.
The purpose of these meetings is to provide group members and facilitators with the chance to share any issues, concerns or challenges encountered during the course of their work, and provide them with the opportunity to meet other facilitators throughout London, link up with other groups, and share good practice around setting up and sustaining Hearing Voices Groups.
LHVN networking events during 2013 were remarkably well-attended and featured presentations from a range of different speakers, including Dolly Sen, Andy Phee, Jim Taylor and Annis Cohen. Items for discussion at the next meeting in the new year include:
- Featured presentation by Maggie Stockton: ‘Listening’. Maggie has been a
Samaritan for 14 years and is currently a shift leader at Central London
Samaritans. She was previously Deputy Director of the Samaritans’ Herts and
Essex Branch with responsibility for On-Going Training. She has also worked as a
Local Education Authority advisor, a university lecturer and an education
consultant. Maggie is part of the team which trains New Samaritans (NS), and
will outline the NS training on Listening Skills for us – which includes: using
open questions; TED (tell, explain, describe); and using strategies from what is
termed the ‘Listening Wheel’.
- Project News (including the latest on LHVN’S 3 sister projects: the Hearing Voices Prisons Project; Voice Collective; and the Paranoia & Beliefs Project)
- Network news (feel free to bring any news items you’d like to share with the network)
- Successes and challenges (feedback from groups around things that have worked well, and things that are difficult – a chance for you to share experiences)
- Problem-solving (a chance to think through common issues that would benefit from deeper thought. This may include anything from keeping hearing voices groups funded and secure in the current climate, to creating a group that encourages people to take ownership of it.)
- Networking: Plenty of time to socialise and network with other members of LHVN.
The meeting will take place on 14 January 2014, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, at Mind in Camden Crossfields Centre, 8 Fairhazel Gdns, London, NW6 3SG. As space is limited, please book your place in advance by emailing John Wetherell or calling LHVN on 020 7625 9042 option 3. Be sure to include your name, the group you are attached to (if relevant) and the names of any group members who would like to attend.
For help finding the venue, please see this map.