Festival Samaritans attend a range of festivals & events throughout the UK, from Bloodstock to Biker rally's to Leeds. You can speak to us day or night, just come and find us by the Samaritans tent.
In the warm sun on a beautiful summer evening or in deep mud on a cold rainy night, we're there to offer emotional support to those who need us regardless of time or climate. No telephone needed!
We usually attend around 18 - 20 festivals a year.
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.
Read more about a day in the life of a Festival Branch volunteer
Volunteer with Festival Branch!
We are always on the look out for new volunteers to join us! Due to the nature of our training and service, we only actively recruit for a few months each year.
You can express an interest to join at any time of the year, but we begin recruitment towards the end of each year, with selection and training taking place between January and March each year. Register your interest, or ask for more information by emailing [email protected].
Fundraising for Samaritans Festival Branch
Donations can be made on our donation page. More information on the ways in which we fundraise and how you can get involved will appear shortly.
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