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Our outreach work
Home office ppproved premises (Ty Newyd)
In 1991, Bangor Samaritans met with Kathy Biggar, a Samaritan volunteer and Probation Officer at HMP Wandsworth. Due to the high number of suicides in prisons, Kathy had been employed by the Home Office to develop links between prisons and Samaritans.
As a result, Bangor Samaritans became involved with Ty Newydd in Llandygai. The bail hostel houses people on remand, awaiting court appearances and sentencing and we visit every fortnight to provide emotional support to residents.
The GISDA Project
GISDA is a charitable organisation in Gwynedd which runs two hostels. It helps improve the quality of life for vulnerable people in the community, aged between 16 and 25. Our volunteers have a good relationship with residents and we frequently visit to offer emotional support and a listening ear.
We have a skilled team of volunteers who give talks at local secondary schools. We discuss the work of Samaritans and give information on the importance of emotional wellbeing. We also talk to students about the the effects of suicide in schools.
We do a lot of work with youth groups, including Youth Clubs and Young Farmer Clubs giving information on substance and alcohol misuse as well as working with other associations, such as Merched y Wawr and local chapels.