Listening for the Diamond – Salvation Army
December 4, 2020

When I started my Wellbeing Project in Ivybridge at the beginning of 2020 – the names that kept coming up were the names of Ruth and Ian Hammond from the Salvation Army. They have been inspired to support people within Ivybridge and are passionate about Wellbeing.

Ruth Hammond

So I was delighted when Ruth came on our Wellbeing Listener Foundation programme.

Let me tell you a bit about the SA.

Ivybridge Salvation Army, has been right at the heart of the community for 20 years. In all that time it hasn’t had a permanent home, until now.

The SA have taken over ‘The Bridge’ in the town – and this building will not just open on Sunday’s. Ruth and her husband Ian, see that it will become a wellbeing hub for the people of Ivybridge. They’re starting a Community Cafe there.

Inside the Community Cafe in Ivybridge

I love Ruth’s energy. When I popped in to see the cafe taking shape (in between lockdowns) I could quite literally feel the love and care that she and the volunteers were injecting into this venue. They were adamant that this was going to be a space for the community and that wellbeing was going to be at the heart of everything people experienced.

You can watch the video here

The Cafe is a space for people to find companionship and to spend time sipping coffee and enjoying conversation with others. There is no need to rush, the plan is that you can nurse a coffee all day if you need or want to.

Here’s a 1 minute snippet of Ruth explaining about the cafe and how it will work.

Ruth Hammond

Ruth Hammond and some of the volunteers came on the Wellbeing Listener Foundation Course. Ruth is an experienced listener but she still learned lots from the programme.

One of the areas that really resonated for Ruth was being reminded that we all have an ‘inner diamond. In other words we all have resilience within. Here’s what Ruth enjoyed about the programme.

Ruth Hammond vide

 

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