Samaritans and the Power of Listening

Tuesday, 18 January 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (UK time)
    • Robert Jackson, Volunteer, Manchester and Salford Samaritans

"Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply".

Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process, and is key to all effective communication.

Good listening skills can lead to better customer satisfaction, including better outcomes for people who may display characteristics of vulnerability.

Without the ability to listen, in a work situation or in our personal lives, messages can easily be misunderstood. Consequently, communication breaks down and the sender of the message can become annoyed and/or frustrated.

If there is one communication skill we should aspire to master, it should be listening.

During this session, which the Samaritans have kindly agreed to run for us, we will explore why active listening is one of the most useful tools to use especially in challenging conversations.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session delegates will be able to:

  • Have a great understanding of who the Samaritans are and what they do
  • Reflect on the listening challenges in your roles and how to use active listening to meet those challenges
  • Find out about the Samaritans Listening style and how you can apply it in your work and personal lives

Presenter: Robert Jackson is a volunteer at Manchester and Salford Samaritans.

CII Accredited

This demonstrates the quality of an event and that it meets CII member CPD scheme requirements.

1 hour's CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.

It is recommended that you keep any evidence of the CPD activity you have completed and upload copies to the recording tool as the CII may ask to see this if your record is selected for review. Details of the scheme can be viewed online at