The aim of Colchester Samaritans is to make emotional health a mainstream issue, so that fewer people die by suicide through sharing feelings of emotional distress openly without the fear of being judged.
One of the ways in which Colchester Samaritans supports this vision is by going out into the community and visiting organisations, groups and schools to talk about what we do and to encourage people to think about, understand and maintain their own emotional health.
In this way we meet a very wide range of people of all ages who then know about our approach and where and how to find us if they should need us.
Reaching out into the community
We have a trained and dedicated team of volunteers from our branch who take our work out into the community by:
- Giving talks to a wide range of clubs, social groups and other community-based organisations
- Offering carefully considered talks and workshops to both primary and secondary schools
- Offering support to Service detainees at Colchester's Military Corrective Training Centre
- Being present at local community events to raise awareness of our services (such as those held in Colchester's Castle Park)
- Providing training to other organisations and agencies in listening and communications skills
- Distributing printed materials, such as leaflets, posters and bookmarks, to appropriate locations
If you would like to arrange a talk or would like to know more, including our work with schools, prisons and the military then contact us on 01206 561234 where one of the Samaritans on duty will arrange for you to be contacted by our Outreach co-ordinator.
All members of our team hold enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance.