23rd February 2017 by Jamie Griffiths - Club News
This Saturday we welcome volunteers from Herefordshire Samaritans who will be holding a bucket collection ahead of kick off.
Please dig deep and help support such an important charity.
Herefordshire Samaritans is a local charity affiliated to the national Samaritans organisation, with the simple vision that fewer people shall die by suicide. When people are going through tough times for whatever reason, they can call us by phone, message us by email or SMS or come in to our branch in Berrington Street.
Our service is confidential and non-judgemental, and we know from years of experience that just being able to talk through problems can be really helpful.
A little over a year ago we took a major step in helping people get in touch with us, and made access to our services free to all callers with the introduction of a national Freecall number – 116 123.
As a result of this the volume of contacts has significantly increased; we currently take around 2,500 contacts per month in Herefordshire. We do all of this with around 90 volunteers and we are always looking for more people to join us, either as ‘Listening’ volunteers or as Support volunteers, helping with the many other activities that are needed to keep our services going.
We don’t just wait for people to come to us; we have a relationship with the Hereford Winter Shelter, attending for one evening each week between November and March to make ourselves available to talk with people who have nowhere to sleep. We have a partnership agreement with the local branch of SSAFA, the charity that supports members and families of our Armed Forces.
Our Outreach team does valuable work of going into the community, including events with our SamVan in High Town on several days during the year, as well as giving talks to students at the Herefordshire & Ludlow College. We’ll also give talks to any other organisations that would like to know more about us and our work.
Fundraising is a challenge, as it is for many charities. While all of our services are provided by unpaid volunteers there are many costs involved in keeping our branch open, maintaining our SamVan, recruiting and training new volunteers and reaching out to the community. Our wonderful Friends’ groups play a major part in helping to raise funds for us through the many popular activities that they arrange during the year – without them we wouldn’t be able to survive.
To find out more about our services or how you could support us, call 01432 269942 or email [email protected]