Volunteers from Samaritans are getting people listening this summer by having a display and volunteers in attendance at Stafford Railway Station from 7.00am through to 2.00pm on Tuesday 24th July.
The Mayor, Councillor Ray Barron and The Mayoress, Councillor Jenny Barron will be joining them at 11.45 and staying until 12.45 in order to help spread the word that talking and listening to each other is a very good coping strategy. It’s all part of a nationwide push called The Big Listen to raise funds for Samaritans and show how really listening to another person can be the first step to saving a life.
The Big Listen activity up and down the country will culminate in a marathon 24-hour event kicking off at midday on 24 July (24/7), chosen to reflect the availability of Samaritans’ emotional support services 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Famous faces from across the worlds of sport, music, TV, entertainment, business and fashion will be lending their support, as well as donating some unique prizes to help promote The Big Listen to their fans.
The Director Angela Sharp from Stafford Samaritans says:
“As many as 1 in 5 adults have thought about taking their own life at some point.* When people feel like that, they need to be able to talk about it, which means they need people to listen.
“As Samaritans volunteers, we know how much listening to someone at a low point can help them feel less alone. It makes them more able to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings and gives them the time and space to reflect and move on.
“Not everyone will feel ready or able to talk to family, friends or colleagues, but the more we promote what good listening is, and how you encourage others to talk, the more we hope people will open up to someone they trust before they reach crisis point. With The Big Listen, we’re asking people to give, share and save a life.”
Funds raised by The Big Listen will help Samaritans keep its services free for anyone who needs them, as well as helping to recruit, train and support volunteers and run local branches across the UK.
There are lots of ways to get involved in The Big Listen: make a donation, learn about listening or plan your own fundraising event.
Find out more at: www.samaritans.org/media-centre/big-listen.
You can follow #TheBigListen @samaritans on Twitter, @samaritanscharity on Instagram, or via Samaritans’ facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/samaritanscharity/.
Samaritans are sharing their listening skills this summer.