Dear Editor

Being a great listener can make all the difference in Ross-on-Wye.

As a proud Scout Ambassador I’m always looking for ways to help young people in Ross-on-Wye develop the skills they need to succeed. One of the most essential of these is active listening.

Today, according to new YouGov research, 86% of UK adults who had a view said we don’t listen to each other enough in UK society. That needs to change. 

In my profession, on the set of a Hollywood movie, if actors don’t listen to each other, the scene doesn’t work. The same applies in real life – it’s about taking the time to understand different points of view and showing respect when you actively listen to someone.

Good listening is vital at both home and at work. Some 94% of those with a view believe active listening is important in creating a productive work environment.

The good news is that the Scouts in Ross-on-Wye are leading the way in this area. Over 90% of UK adults say that the Scouts are helping young people to develop this important skill by working together with different kinds of people in small teams.

When young people learn listening skills, it encourages them to develop empathy and understand more about the needs of others. So whether you’re an adult looking for a great volunteering opportunity in Ross-on-Wye this year, or a young person looking to develop your skills, then visit to find out how to get involved. 

Thanks to all our great Scout volunteers and thank you for taking the time to read this letter that I have written.

Warwick Davis

Actor, Director and Scout Ambassador