Welcome to Festival Branch
Festival Samaritans is like any of the other 200 branches, except that we don’t have a building and you cannot contact us by telephone! Instead, we go to events throughout Britain, predominantly music festivals, including Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading/Leeds. We also attend other events:
- Lesbian/Gay Pride
- Crisis Open Christmas
Last year, Samaritans attended 17 events through the UK and Ireland.
Why Samaritans at a festival?
At any event where there are thousands of people having a great time, there are inevitably some who are not. Sometimes people can arrive hoping to forget about their problems, but the sight of so many happy people can make them feel even worse. Others can arrive feeling relatively OK, but something happens during the event which leaves them feeling low.
This is where we fit in: by providing a 24 hour, non-judgemental, face to face listening service throughout the event. People can discuss anything that’s getting them down, no matter how serious or how trivial and the conversation is completely confidential. Whether people feel suicidal or not they are given the opportunity to talk through whatever is on their mind with a non-judgemental volunteer who is trained to listen.
If you're at an event and feel you need to talk something through, in complete confidence, please come by and see us.
Volunteering at Samaritans Festival Branch
We are always on the look out for new volunteers to join us! We recruit in January each year and contact everyone who has expressed an interest in volunteering with us over the previous year. Fill out our volunteering form to register your interest or read more information on volunteering at our branch.
Fundraising for Samaritans Festival Branch
There are many ways in which you can help raise funds for our branch. See our events and challenges page.