Our 10-year anniversary marked decade of our service to the local community in Greenwich. Since our launch in 2006, Listening Ears has supported more than 2,000 people aged between 5 and 99, through our various projects. In attendance were representatives of partner organisations and beneficiaries of our service.
Our early recognition in the community began with partnerships and cross referrals between Listening Ears and organisations such as NHS Greenwich, AgeUK and Adult and Older People’s services.
Over the years our awards and featured publications include:
- Runner up: Thames Gateway Business Awards November 2008
- Finalist: London Health Commission Awards 2010 (Partnership Achievement)
- Greenwich Meridian (April 2008)
- Greenwich Times (March 2008)
- Greenwich News Shopper (March 2008)
- Greenwich Mercury (Feburary 2008)
- Eynsham News (December 2007)
- South London Press (November 2007)
Over a six-month period, an evaluation of our delivery as perceived by our service users revealed that 93% of the service users reported a reduction in loneliness.
Their initial reasons for joining our centre included: loneliness, poor health, inactive lifestyle, desire to socialise, meet people, have fun, to have an opportunity to talk, to expand friendship groups, to improve mobility and to leave the house
Benefits they gained from attending our weekly sessions included: improved health, new friendships, being in the company of new people, trying new activities, attending events and socialising, as well as feeling good!