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The Upper Mill
Ewell KT17 2AF
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.
Due to the current coronavirus situation we are sorry to report that we will not be recruiting this year (2020) for new volunteers to work with us in 2021.
The reasons for this are that we have been unable to complete our training this year and that there are no events to work, as a result of this those recruited for the 2020 season will be going through to the 2021 season.
If you're still interested in joining our branch, please contact [email protected] and we'll add you to the waiting list, however please note that the next opportunity to join us might now be for the 2022 season. We will keep you informed if this changes in the 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! 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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