Luton Samaritans has been active at local railway stations, raising awareness
Volunteers from Luton branch of Samaritans have been spending lots of time recently, at local railway stations raising awareness about our services as people trudge into work through the winter months.
January is well-known for being one of the most trying months of the year and actually includes Blue Monday – allegedly the most depressing day of the year – so to combat that, volunteers have been spending time at local train stations raising awareness of the services Samaritans offer to ease those dark winter days, and checking on how people are doing.
The Outreach Team have been in place at Luton Airport Parkway, Leagrave and Harpenden stations to check on people and let them know that the Samaritans is always available if they need someone to talk to. Here are two of us at Harpenden station, giving out tea bags, and demonstrating the power of a nice pot of tea!
Our Deputy Director who leads the Outreach team, said these days are important because they: “help people to understand that it is normal to have times when we don’t feel good.
On those days, it is important to talk about it, and Samaritans have leaflets and cards that explain little tips and techniques, to help people to listen to friends and colleagues who might want to talk. Our outreach days also tell people about the range of services Samaritans has to offer, including emotional support via e-mail and webchat”.
The Luton branch has also promoted ‘Brew Monday’ to help combat Blue Monday. It’s an initiative to remind people to reach out for a cuppa and a catch-up with the people they care about. But it doesn’t have to be a Monday – just reach out to loved ones. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Monday morning or a Thursday night, as long as you’re sharing a cuppa and listening, you’re doing it right.
To find out more about Samaritans and how you can become part of the Luton team, get in touch: [email protected]