Guildford Samaritans supports prisoners at both HMP Coldingley and HMP Send through a Listener Scheme. The Listener Scheme is a peer support scheme whereby we select, train and support prisoners to offer confidential emotional support to their fellow inmates. The prisoners are trained to listen in complete confidence to their fellow inmates who may be experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
The objectives of the scheme are to assist in reducing the number of self-inflicted deaths, reducing self-harm and helping to alleviate the feelings of those in distress.
The policy of confidentiality for Listeners is exactly the same as for Samaritan volunteers. This is vital in encouraging prisoners at risk of taking their own life to use the service. Even after a Listener has left prison, their work as a Listener must remain completely confidential. Similarly, confidentiality remains even after the death of a contact.
We support Listeners at HMP Coldingley at a fortnightly meeting, and Listeners at HMP Send on a weekly basis. During these meetings Listeners may discuss confidential matters, offload and debrief after contacts they have made.