Following Government confirmation that Samaritans volunteers are critical to supporting vulnerable people, the charity is making every effort to ensure they are able to provide emotional support to anyone in crisis.
Volunteers who are able to carry out shifts at the Clarence Street branch in Liverpool – which is open 17 hours a day, seven days a week – are following strict guidelines on hygiene standards and social distancing. The situation will be continually monitored to ensure that volunteer safety is prioritised.
Sheila Campbell, branch director at Samaritans of Liverpool and Merseyside, said: “For 60 years, our branch has provided a listening ear to anyone who needs support, which has been possible through the public’s kind donations.
“Now, more than ever, we need the public’s continued support. Due to the cancellation of our upcoming fundraising events, we are facing a significant loss of funding, so we are calling on the community to help ensure that we continue to be here for anyone who needs us.”
A donation as little as £5 will help volunteers to answer a call for help from someone struggling to cope and be there when people need support the most.
The charity is also encouraging the public to have a virtual bake-off and cycling enthusiasts to clock up their miles and raise vital funds for Samaritans during the coronavirus lockdown.
To make a donation and find out other ways you can support the branch, please visit www.samaritans.org/branches/
Those worried about their own mental health or someone else during the current crisis can find some useful online resources and advice on Samaritans’ website.
To speak to a listener in confidence, call the free number 116 123.
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