It’s Time to Talk

Time to Talk

Imagine you feel all alone, no-one understands, no-one wants to listen anymore. All that people do is judge. How isolating and frightening it would be.

There are people in our community who feel this way. Sometimes we need a little time to talk things over. But it’s not always easy to talk to those nearest and dearest to us.

‘Time to Talk’ is an initiative set up by a group of local people in east Leeds who share a desire to reach out to those people who need a listening ear, friendly company and not to be judged. The service started last year in Cross Gates, at the Newman Centre, in the grounds of the old St Theresa’s primary school on Station Rd, opposite the Cross Gates (Arndale) Centre.

Here you can talk about anything that is bothering you – stress, anxiety, problems at work or home, family, children, relationships, illness, debt, etc. We are open each Friday afternoon (except Bank Holidays) from 2.00-4.00pm.

At each session, there will be at least three and usually four volunteers present to offer one-to-one conversations in privacy. Refreshments are available and often there is homemade cake on offer.

Our volunteers will not judge you, tell you what to do or talk about you to others. It is a trusting and confidential service.

The idea to offer a local listening service came following some informal meetings of those who have either suffered from some form of mental health problem or know a family member or friend in distress. Most people, it seems, know someone who at some time or other needs a sympathetic ear and often those closest to you are not always the best placed to listen. The recent interview with Prince Harry has drawn national attention to the benefits of talking through those problems that many of us keep well hidden.

What we offer is a welcoming, safe and confidential space for you to talk, and our volunteers to listen. It is a place to share anything on your mind, in private, to a trained listener who won’t interrupt, advise or judge.

You will be encouraged to find your own way forward, reach your own decisions and find your own solutions. If necessary and appropriate we can direct you to other support services and agencies.

If you know someone who might need a sympathetic ear, tell them about ‘Time to Talk’ and encourage them to come along on a Friday afternoon. They will be warmly welcomed.

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