More than 500 shopping centre managers, who get together annually to share best practice, dug deep to raise funds for Brighton and Hove Samaritans, who provide emotional support for people struggling, whether via the free helpline, email and face to face.
“We like to have a charity on board and it’s good to give them some support,” said Event Sales Manager Graham Harvey. “In the past we have also sponsored a book bus to help with education in Zambia.”
Samaritans runs a workplace training course for shopping centre managers to help them spot and support vulnerable people. Samaritans Workplace Training Manager Ronnie Dennison attended the two-day Shopping Centre Exhibition Gala at the Brighton Hilton Metropole on March 20 and 21st to spread the word about suicide prevention courses and other training Samaritans offers.
Ronnie said: “It has been great to meet the delegates and everyone has been very generous with their time and their donations to Samaritans, which will help Brighton and Hove branch provide much-needed ongoing emotional support.
“Samaritans is launching a new course for shopping centre staff that will help them provide support, not only for vulnerable customers, but also for colleagues if they need it.
“The course is based on research Samaritans has carried out into the needs of staff working in shopping centres and car parks, which will give them the opportunity to take part in an interactive training session to provide staff with the skills to support their peers and customers.”