Samaritans’ volunteers set to work around the clock in Northampton over festive season

Picture: The Samaritans / Rose Atkinson
Picture: The Samaritans / Rose Atkinson

As Northampton gears up for the festive season, Samaritans is reminding people that no one needs to feel alone this Christmas.

If you’re struggling to cope with life, the pressure to have a good time can magnify your challenges and increase your sense of isolation, even with friends and family around you.

Picture: The Samaritans / Rose Atkinson

Picture: The Samaritans / Rose Atkinson

This is why Samaritans’ volunteers in Northampton will be there around the clock for anyone who feels they need to talk, in confidence, about whatever’s getting to them – on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and every other day of the year.

Anne Rose, director of the Northampton Samaritans’ branch, said: “Someone contacts Samaritans every six seconds. Problems don’t go away just because it’s Christmas, so if you’re finding it hard to look forward to the festive season, we’re here for you. If it’s too difficult to open up to friends or family, or you feel you have no one who will listen, talk to us.

“We’ll keep whatever you say safe, we won’t judge and we’ll help you find a way through.”

“It may be your first Christmas without your children because of a separation. Or you may be bereaved, or struggling with redundancy, debt, your health, relationships or family issues. It’s OK to not be having a good time, and you don’t have to put on a brave face for us. You can talk to us, by phone, email or face-to-face in our Kettering Road branch. However difficult your thoughts and feelings are, knowing that we care and that we will listen can make all the difference.”

Last year Samaritans responded to more than 5.3 million calls for help from people struggling to cope, with nearly 200,000 contacts to the charity over the festive season alone.

Samaritans relies almost entirely on donations to run its 201 branches and train its 21,200 volunteers, who also provide emotional support in schools, workplaces, prisons and throughout their local communities.

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place to talk for anyone who is struggling to cope, whoever you are and whatever life has done to you. Please call 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details about your nearest branch.

If you would like to support Samaritans by making a donation, please visit: http://www.samaritans.org/christmas