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Both work and volunteers increase for Samaritans

Monday, April 4, 2011

Meg Munn, MP for Heeley constituency, paid a visit to the Sheffield branch of the Samaritans charity in order to learn more about their work. She met the branch’s director, Bernie Hutchcroft, who told Meg that the Sheffield Samaritans work load has increased since the start of the economic down-turn, but also that more people are training to be volunteers.

 

The Samaritans support those in emotional distress or despair, including for people experiencing feelings that could lead to suicide, to provide an opportunity for non-judgemental discussion that could help lift the depressed mood. They operate not only via telephone but also run a confidential emailing service and a walk-in for people concerned about how they are feeling.

 

The Samaritan team also run a charity shop which provides a great deal of the funding to keep the charity going. With ninety ‘listening volunteers’ currently, the Sheffield branch provide a dedicated service in which people are free to speak their minds without feeling judged and with total anonymity.

 

Meg said:

 

“The important work the Samaritans are doing is extremely important to the community, especially in such difficult times. It is comforting to know that there is always a friendly ear on the end of the phone, via an email or face-to-face who will try and help.” 

 

For information about the Sheffield Samaritans visit:

http://www.samaritans.org/default.aspx?page=7201

 

Associated Photograph :

Meg with Bernie Hutchcroft

Meg with Bernie Hutchcroft


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