Listeners are serving prisoners who volunteer to support people in prison who are going through difficult times. The service is available 24 hours a day
The Listener scheme was set up in 1991 and there are now Listeners in almost every prison in the UK. The scheme is operated by serving prisoners and managed by Samaritans. It is fully supported by the Prison Service as a way of keeping prisons safe, reducing self-harm and preventing suicide.
The scheme has now been running for 30 years and Samaritans volunteers joined staff at Onley prison to mark the anniversary and thank the current Listeners for their vital work. They were praised for their dedication and presented with a Certificate by the Prison Governor.