Volunteers from Peterborough Samaritans attended Peterborough Station on Saturday 24th July
Peterborough Samaritans took part in the relaunch of Rail Outreach which was an initiative of the Eastern Network Rail Partnership with Samaritans on Saturday 24th July 2021.
We didn’t know what to expect as it was the first Saturday of the school holidays and the first since the 'Freedom Day' of 19th July. The station was fairly busy with some families going on holiday but the passengers seemed to be mainly groups of young women or young men.
Contact cards, pens and ticket wallets were distributed at strategic points around the station – the waiting rooms, the Pumpkin café and the hand sanitising stations - as well as being handed out to passengers, although we were wary of approaching people in accordance with the ongoing need to maintain social distancing.
The station staff made us very welcome and a couple of staff and British Transport Police officers spoke about their need for ongoing support. They are managing suicidal contacts on a very regular basis and unlike us have no leader to debrief to at the end of a shift. We hope to start a monthly drop – in session for staff at the station in the near future.
It was a successful day that kicked off our outreach projects post-coronavirus.
Helena, Peterborough Samaritans Volunteer
Samaritans has worked in partnership with Network Rail and the wider rail industry for over 10 years, providing support and vital suicide prevention training to identify and approach vulnerable people and save lives. To date, more than 22,000 rail and British Transport Police staff have been trained.
We also received £40+ in donations - many thanks to everyone that helped on the day.
To find out more information about Samaritans, or to make a donation and find out other ways you can support Peterborough Samaritans please visit www.samaritans.org/peterborough