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How we can help
We provide a 24 hour, non-judgemental, face to face listening service throughout a festival or event. People can discuss anything that’s getting them down, no matter how serious or how trivial and the conversation is completely confidential.
Festival Samaritans attend a range of festivals and events throughout the UK, such as Glastonbury, Bloodstock and 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.
You can apply to join our branch at any time of the year, however due to the nature of our work we can only select once a year. The cut off for volunteering with Festival Samaritans at the following year's season is around the 12th December. So, if you wanted to volunteer in 2020, you need to apply before December 12th 2019, if you want to volunteer in 2021, you'll need to apply before December 12th 2020 and so on..
If you would like to request an application form, express an interest to join or would like to learn more about our branch and what's involved in the selection process, please contact us at [email protected].
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! We recruit in January each year and contact everyone who has expressed an interest in volunteering with us over the previous year. Register your interest 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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