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'Talk to Us' Says Samaritans of Scarborough

'Talk to Us' Says Samaritans of Scarborough

Published by Jon Burke at 3:34pm 1st July 2020. (Updated at 10:25am 6th July 2020)

Samaritans of Scarborough has launched ‘Talk To Us’ to raise awareness of its round-the-clock emotional support services and to encourage people to get in touch, if they need support. 

It has continued to provide emotional support throughout the pandemic, at a time when listening to others has never been more important.

Since lockdown in March, Samaritans volunteers suggest that one in three callers talk about coronavirus with many people feeling more anxious and distressed than before the pandemic. Volunteer surveys which gathered over 3,000 responses, also found the most common concerns related to coronavirus are around loneliness, isolation, mental health and illness, family, finances and unemployment. 

Samaritans of Scarborough Branch Director, Libby Gilbert, said:

“Our volunteers have been working day and night to be there for anyone who is struggling in these uncertain and challenging times. Lockdown restrictions have had a huge impact on everyday life for many people, as we’ve been hearing over the past few months, and our volunteers have been a much-needed source of support for those whose networks haven’t been available during the pandemic.  available during the pandemic. 

Our outreach work and fundraising activity remains on hold across the country until further notice, but we hope that the public can continue to support us in any way they can, to ensure that our volunteers can continue to be there for anyone struggling to cope.” 

Libby's been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu..

Samaritans of Scarborough is encouraging the local community to show their support by offering a donation or having a look around its shop in Hanover Road (behind the Stephen Joseph Theatre), which has recently been updated and is due to open again next week.

Samaritans is also marking 24/7 across the UK and Ireland as one of the most important days in the organisation’s charity’s calendar, which it uses to help spread the message that volunteers are available to listen to anyone who is struggling –day or night, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Anyone can contact Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, or you can email jo@samaritans.org

For more information on how to get involved visit www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/talk-us/ or join in the conversation on social media using #TalkToUs. 

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