Christmas will be a tough time for some, even without a global pandemic to deal with.
Latest research by Samaritans reveals that being separated from family and loved ones over the Christmas period is one of the biggest concerns facing callers.
But volunteers at Colchester Samaritans will be there round the clock throughout December to make sure someone is there to listen to anyone who is feeling alone or struggling.
Gaynor Bell, Director of Colchester Samaritans, shares why it’s so important to have someone there to listen all tbrough the festive season.
We know that Christmas can be difficult for many people - it’s a time when loneliness can really hit home and this might be worse this year. Regardless of what happens with Covid restrictions, we want people to know that confidential support is available 24/7, and that we at Colchester Samaritans are there for everyone this Christmas. Every call for help is answered by a trained volunteer and talking to us is always free and confidential.
Gaynor added that volunteers at Colchester Samaritans have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure their vital service is available around the clock. Since lockdown in March, Samaritans volunteers across the UK and Ireland have provided emotional support over a million times via phone, email and letters.
Last Christmas, Samaritans – the only charity there for anyone struggling to cope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – responded to over a quarter of a million calls for help and over 10,000 calls came on Christmas Day alone.
Help us to be there for those who need us
Samaritans has never been a more vital lifeline. If you can make a donation to support our work, you’ll be helping to make sure we are there to listen, not just at Christmas but throughout the year.
Colchester residents can help their local branch of Samaritans this Christmas by making a donation via Virgin Money Giving. As little as £5 will help Colchester Samaritans answer a call from somebody struggling this Christmas.
We've also signed up as a good cause with The Essex Lottery. Established in 2017 by Essex County Council, the lottery supports community projects in the local area. In a time of shrinking budgets and increased community need, The Essex Lottery enables you to support causes you care about most.
A ticket for The Essex Lottery costs £1 per week and 60p goes direct to good causes! If you would like to sign up, please visit our page on The Essex Lottery website. Also, feel free to spread the word amongst your friends and family.
If you find yourself struggling this Christmas, please know you don’t have to face things alone. You can talk to us, day or night, on 116 123 or by emailing [email protected].
Gaynor Bell / Director of Colchester Samaritans