CHRISTMAS IS ‘EAR’ AND SAMARITANS IN ROCHDALE ARE GIVING THE GIFT OF LISTENING

New figures reveal one in three calls to Samaritans on Christmas Day are from people who feel lonely and isolated.*

The festive period can be a challenging time for some and that’s why Samaritans volunteers from Rochdale Oldham and District branch are helping to keep the service running for those in need throughout the Christmas break, even on Christmas Day.

Samaritans responded to more than 400,000 calls for help during December 2017, by phone, email and text throughout the UK and Ireland.

Despite all the festivities, more than 11,000 of those calls for help and emotional support came in on Christmas Day.*

Samaritans are asking all of us to give the gift of listening to this Christmas, by encouraging friends and family going through a difficult time to open up and know that it’s OK to not be OK, even at Christmas.

To make it easier, the charity has produced a set of vouchers to download from the Samaritans website, offering time to listen as a present.

A pair of novelty socks won’t save a life but listening can make a huge difference.

The public image of Christmas is portrayed as a time of joy, peace, goodwill and happiness for all!!  As Samaritans at Christmas time, our caller’s reality can be very different.

Sadness, loneliness, additional family and social pressures and lack of money can be an extra burden on our callers at this time of year and that’s exactly why we are here to answer the phone to our callers and provide emotional support twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year.

Jean Casey, who has been a Samaritans volunteer at the Rochdale branch for a number of years-

“It ‘s a humbling experience to do a shift at Samaritans any time, but especially at Christmas time when emotions run high and people feel under more pressure to wear a happy smile.

To be there for someone who feels they just cannot put on that smile is truly heartwarming and to have the privilege to listen and give emotional support when nobody else is available is truly rewarding.”

The public image of Christmas is portrayed as a time of joy, peace, goodwill and happiness for all!!  As Samaritans at Christmas time, our caller’s reality can be very different.

Sadness, loneliness, additional family and social pressures and lack of money can be an extra burden on our callers at this time of year and that’s exactly why we are here to answer the phone to our callers and provide emotional support twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year.

Jean Casey, who has been a Samaritans volunteer at the Rochdale branch for a number of years-

“It ‘s a humbling experience to do a shift at Samaritans any time, but especially at Christmas time when emotions run high and people feel under more pressure to wear a happy smile.

To be there for someone who feels they just cannot put on that smile is truly heartwarming and to have the privilege to listen and give emotional support when nobody else is available is truly rewarding.”

Jean Casey Samaritans volunteer

*1 in 3 calls to Samaritans at Christmas are from people who are lonely and isolated (source: Samaritans, 2018).
DID YOU KNOW:-
  • In the UK and Ireland on Christmas Day, we’re likely to respond to more than 13,000 calls for help via phone, email, text and in person at our branches.
  • Based on previous years, around 1,500 volunteers in total will give up their time to be on shift at some point over the 24 hours of Christmas Day.
  • Anyone can contact Samaritans any time for free from any phone on 116 123. This number is free to call and will not show up on your phone bill.
  • Or email jo@samaritans.org or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your local branch where you can talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face.
  • Samaritans respond to more than 5 million calls for help a year.
  • Samaritans is a charity and it’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 trained volunteers that mean we are always there for anyone struggling to cope.
    Your money or your time could save a life.
Find out how you can support us: www.samaritans.org/support-us

If in crisis pls call 116 123

National telephone: 116 123 (this number is free to call)

Email Samaritans: jo@samaritans.org

Visit our branch:

Samaritans Rochdale5 Caton Street Rochdale OL16 1QJ
Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

Check with us before you visit the branch.

Our opening times for face to face visits are:
Monday 15.00-20.00
Tuesday 18.00-22.00
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 18.00-22.00
Friday 18.00-22.00
Saturday 09.00-12.00
Sunday Closed

 

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