A LOCAL branch of a listening charity recently did some reaching out to Morpeth residents and shoppers.
As part of the national organisation’s Awareness Day, the Samaritans of Northumbria came along to the piazza area of Sanderson Arcade so people could find out more about its service.
Its volunteers provide a safe place for people to discuss issues of concern, such as job stress, money troubles, family struggles, being isolated, worthlessness and suicidal feelings.
Talking with someone who really listens and does not judge can help people to feel calmer and get through the moment. Calls are completely confidential and those who contact the Samaritans can be themselves.
The charity also does outreach work in schools, hospitals, prisons and at music festivals among other places.
Eileen, who helps to raise publicity for the organisation, was one of the Samaritans of Northumbria volunteers that spoke to people in Morpeth throughout the day.
She said: “It was good to be out in the community and many people asked us questions about our role and how we support those who call.
“We also reminded the public that we are there to give people the opportunity to discuss a range of problem issues in confidence.
“Many thanks to Sanderson Arcade for use of that space and their kind and courteous assistance, as well as Morpeth Library for creating a display.”
Last year, the Ashington-based branch received 8,610 calls for help. Those who are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Samaritans can get more information by ringing 01670 814111 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org