Gloucester and District Samaritans news

  • Time to Talk at Shire Hall

    4th February 2018
    Gloucester Samaritans joined other organisations at Shire Hall for Gloucestershire County Council's 2018 "Time to Talk" Event
  • Samaritans at Gloucester Royal Hospital

    31st January 2018
    Volunteers from Gloucester and District Samaritans spent the day at Gloucester Royal Hospital meeting patients, visitors and staff and plan to return soon.
  • Brew Monday at Gloucester Station

    17th January 2018
    Rail staff across Gloucestershire backed Samaritans’ bid to turn ‘Blue Monday’ into ‘Brew Monday’ on 15 January, by helping get people together for tea and a chat, on what has been dubbed ‘the most difficult day of the year’
  • Brew Monday at Gloucester Railway Station 15th January 7.30am-3pm

    2nd January 2018
    We’ve all heard of the January blues, we’re turning ‘the most difficult day of the year’ on its head by renaming the third Monday in January from 'Blue Monday' to ‘Brew Monday’ and celebrating that great tradition of simply getting together to talk over a cup of tea (or coffee!)
  • Small Talk Saves Lives at Gloucester Railway Station

    3rd December 2017
    Samaritan volunteers spent Sunday morning speaking to people at Gloucester Railway Station about how they, as members of the public could save a life, "Small Talk Saves Lives" is built on a simple ask, that if you think someone might need help, trust your instincts and strike up a conversation.
  • Carol Singing at Gloucester Railway Station

    29th November 2017
    We'll be singing carols at Gloucester Railway Station on the 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th December. We hope to raise people's spirits with our singing and raise money to help us keep the branch open.
  • Can you help us find and replace old Samaritan Signage?

    19th November 2017
    From 21st September 2015, the Samaritans number has been free 116 123 and will not show on a bill. This is great news for people needing to talk but we know there are many signs out there with our older numbers on them. We ask that the public report those in Gloucestershire to us so we can get them updated.
  • Small Talk Saves Lives

    15th November 2017
    Did you know a little small talk can be all it takes to interrupt someone’s suicidal thoughts? We’ve launched Small Talk Saves Lives with Network Rail, British Transport Police and the wider rail industry to give people the confidence to help prevent suicide on the railways and beyond.
  • World Mental Health Day WMHD 10th October 2017

    30th September 2017
    Gloucester Samaritans will be at the railway station on WMHD, 10th October, listening to people, talking about what we do, recruiting volunteers and collecting donations, come and see us!
  • Samaritans at Police Open Day

    29th September 2017
    Samaritans met members of the public and Gloucestershire Constabulary. Public Protection is one of the top aims of our local police and we are pleased to be able to work together, sharing experiences and expertise.
  • Meeting our constituency MPs to raise Samaritan awareness

    29th September 2017
    We think it's important to work with leaders in our patch who share a concern for the people living in the area, regardless of their political affinities. So far, we've worked with David Drew in Stroud, Mark Harper in the Forest of Dean and Richard Graham in Gloucester.
  • Gloucester Samaritans at Gloucester Day Parade

    4th September 2017
    Saturday 2nd September was an extremely busy day, we had volunteers at Ashleworth Show, the SOBS cathedral service and several were able to join the Gloucester Day Parade, where volunteers spoke to members of the public, representatives of other organisations, including Gloucester MP Richard Graham and Bishop Rachel.
  • Gloucester Samaritans visit Ashleworth Show and meet up with the founding chair of the branch, Dr Jeremy Barnes.

    3rd September 2017
    Volunteers from Gloucester and District Branch took the outreach van to Ashleworth Show in the glorious late summer sunshine. The event was extremely well attended, with a couple of thousand people enjoying the various stalls, displays, competition and music on offer. We were situated in a perfect spot, between the BBQ and the tea stall, so we met lots of people, including Dr Jeremy Barnes, who chaired the committee that founded the branch in 1962.
  • Samaritans at Tibberton Show

    20th August 2017
    Once again in warm sunshine, the Samaritans talked to many visitors at the annual Tibberton Show. The event had a lovely village atmosphere with a band playing and different displays during the afternoon.
  • Samaritans at Teckles Dog Show

    17th August 2017
    Volunteers were about and about in the unexpected sunshine, talking to members of the public including the Lord Mayor of Gloucester. These occasions are great for awareness raising and meeting potential volunteers. Would you like to know more, if so , please read on.
  • Rolls Of Monmouth raise £7500 to support Gloucester and District Samaritans

    15th August 2017
    Rolls of Monmouth Club Captain, David Goldthorpe said "It was a great pleasure this year to hold our annual charity day in support of Gloucester & District Branch of Samaritans. This event is always enjoyed by both members and guests and this year was no exception, with 23 teams entering".
  • Gloucester Samaritans working with GWR, British Transport Police & Network Rail

    27th July 2017
    Samaritans annual month-long awareness campaign Talk to Us in July saw volunteers from Gloucester and District branch handing out SHUSH listening tips on the platforms of Gloucester and Stroud railway stations during rush hour on the 24th July, “24/7”, The Big Listen. These highlighted the support they provide for the community, which centres on good listening skills.
  • Samaritans at Gloucester Carnival Parade

    23rd July 2017
    Samaritans were out in force at the Gloucester Carnival Parade. We were thrilled to have so many volunteers able to join this vibrant and happy event in our city. Mostly we gave out information because it was hard to walk and talk but if you want to meet us again in the community, we'll be at Gloucester and Stroud Railway stations, 8-10am and 4-6pm on Monday 24th for the Big Listen, 24/7. Come and see us, we'll have some great Samaritan branded items with us to give away.
  • Samaritans enjoy a Tea Party at the branch

    23rd July 2017
    Volunteers mostly work in pairs or small groups for outreach events. It was a great idea therefore, to hold a “Tea Party” to get volunteers to spend some social time together. Despite the Wimbledon men’s finals, the British Grand Prix and the cricket, many people were able to attend. Everyone was given a warm welcome on arrival by Rob, one of our listeners, our thanks go to him. The array of cakes was wonderful and all tasted good. We had a huge variety, ginger cake, lemon drizzle, coffee and walnut, fairy cakes, fruit loaf, fruit cakes, biscuits and many more. A special thanks to our Deputy Director's father who supplied a tin full of fruit cake. Many teapots were filled and the afternoon went by with happy chatter, laughter and a lot of reminiscing. Our branch director presented long service certificates to several volunteers who weren't able to make our Annual Branch Meeting last month. It was very good to see our Support Samaritans too, many people don't realise that the branch has both listening and support volunteers, there are many ways to help without answering the phones. Time went very quickly and thanks to everyone who brought cakes and biscuits, filled teapots and washed up. At the end of the afternoon many hands helped with the tidying up. From the feedback everyone enjoyed their time together and it was felt it would be good to do this again – so we shall.
  • Gloucester and District Samaritans at Stroud Show

    18th July 2017
    Gloucester and District Samaritans were at Stroud Show, many people don't realise that Stroud is covered by the Gloucester and District branch. It's an opportunity for people to find out more about us and talk to us confidentially if something is on their mind.
  • Volunteer Long Service Celebrated

    5th July 2017
    At the recent Annual Branch Meeting, we celebrated the remarkable long service of several volunteers. Several of our listeners and support volunteers have been with Samaritans for twenty plus years. A few have achieved 30 and even 40 in our own Gloucester Branch. We are truly grateful for all they do. People stay because they feel valued and useful in their role. Might you fancy joining us too?
  • "Talk to Us" when we're out and about or at our branch

    4th July 2017
    Local Samaritan volunteers were at the Cotswold Show in CIrencester at the weekend, talking about Samaritans and listening to people in our the community. Did you know that you can talk to a volunteer at events like these, festivals and face to face in our branch?
  • Samaritans wants you to SHUSH and listen

    Talk to Us
    1st July 2017
    Samaritans annual month-long awareness campaign Talk to Us in July encourages people from all over the UK to take a few minutes to improve their listening skills by following the charity’s simple SHUSH! listening tips. Samaritans volunteers will be at Stroud and Gloucester railway stations, handing out SHUSH listening tips and highlighting the support they provide for the community, which centres on good listening skills for the “Big Listen” during the morning and evening rush hours on Monday 27th July, 24/7.
  • Samaritans at The Royal Three Counties Show

    19th June 2017
    Samaritans from "Three Counties" attended the show in the fabulous sunshine. It is always a hugely popular event and the good weather probably meant even more people came than usual.
  • Samaritans marks Volunteers’ Week by highlighting the difference emotional support can make in the face of disadvantage

    1st June 2017
    Ann Weir who has been a volunteer at Gloucester Branch for 40 years said: “Samaritans volunteers can make the difference between someone getting through tough times, or not. I have seen the introduction of new ways for people to reach us, email and SMS but the people who reach out to us don’t change. Being a Samaritan listener for the last 40 has been so rewarding, I feel I have learnt so much from the people who call us and from my colleagues”
  • Paws on Patrol in Gloucester Park

    24th May 2017
    A lovely opportunity to meet the public, raise awareness and fund raise for the branch by selling home made cakes, knitted toys and dog treats.
  • Samaritans teams up with Gloucester Rugby to support young people's mental health

    Samaritans and Gloucester Rugby Community Charity team up to support young people's mental health. (Photo Credit Alexandra Collins)
    8th May 2017
    Gloucester Samaritans are delighted to be working with Gloucester Rugby's Community Charity to support emotional well being amongst young people. Volunteers will be sharing their expertise to incorporate skills like building resilience and dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings into the outreach work that the Charity's does through rugby in the community.
  • Joanne is running in Bristol to raise funds for Samaritans

    28th April 2017
    Joanne is running the Great Bristol 10k on Sunday 7th May, raising money for Samaritans Central Charity. This helps the local branch because they now support us in all sorts of ways, even though we also need to fund raise locally.
  • Rob Lewis Finishes the Brighton Marathon for Gloucester Samaritans

    18th April 2017
    Rob Lewis completed the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 9th April in 6 hours and 17 minutes, in the scorching sunshine. He raised over £900 which will be used by the Gloucester Branch to stay open for callers, on the phone and in the branch, which is open for face to face callers.
  • Last chance to sponsor Rob Lewis

    7th April 2017
    Rob Lewis, son of two of our Samaritan listeners, is running the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 9th April. Earlier we reported on why Rob was running and had chosen Gloucester Samaritans as his charity. Please visit his charity page to sponsor him and help raise vital funds for our branch.
  • Annual Legal Service at Gloucester Cathedral 2nd April 2017

    6th April 2017
    The declaration of the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Lt. Col. Andrew Tabor JP, took place at Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday 2nd April. The Director of Gloucester Samaritans was invited to represent Samaritans. One of roles of the Gloucestershire High Sheriff, among others is to actively support and promote the voluntary sector, giving all possible encouragement to the voluntary organisations within Gloucestershire together with ensuring the welfare of visiting judges. It was therefore fitting that The Samaritans were there and we were very pleased to receive the invitation.