Outreach and awareness by Samaritans of Ipswich and East Suffolk


Image  Samaritans in the community

Our listening and support volunteers are active in the Suffolk community. Find out more about our outreach work, how we raise awareness, our public talks and how to contact us.

Outreach work

Samaritans raising awareness at Ipswich StationListening volunteers support callers at:

  • local prisons
  • probation hostels
  • Ipswich soup kitchen
  • community events, e.g. Suffolk Show

Raising awareness

Both listening and support volunteers attend regional community festivals and events to promote Samaritans.

While raising awareness might be our reason for being at these events, we sometimes provide emotional support too. 

"I really enjoy meeting people while attending local events to promote our service, and sometimes providing emotional support to people who find it difficult to contact us." - Tony, Listening Volunteer

2018 events 

Ipswich mayor Glen Martin Granville Chisholm with a Samaritans volunteer at 1 Big Global Multicultural Festival

Below are some of the events we'll be attending to raise awareness this year.

Come and see us to find out more about becoming a volunteer with Samaritans of Ipswich and East Suffolk. 

Our volunteers will also be available to offer emotional support to anyone that needs it. 

  • June 8th Kesgrave Fun Day
  • July 1st Music Day in Christchurch Park
  • July 7th Global Rhythms in Christchurch Park
  • July 8th  Indian Summer Mela, Christchurch Park
  • July 14th Stowmarket Carnival
  • July 25th Hollesley Bay Family Day
  • July 26th Ipswich Town Football Club Family Day
  • July 28 & 29  Felixstowe Carnival
  • August 18 & 19 Martime Ipswich
  • August 20th Aldeburgh Carnival
  • September 2nd  1Big Multicultural Festival, Alexandria Park

Giving talks 

Samaritans spreading awareness at Ipswich Indian Summer MelaWe also give talks to interested organisations, including:

  • Rotary Clubs
  • YMCA
  • WIs
  • Mother’s Unions
  • Probus groups
  • Schools

We also distribute our information leaflets and posters to other local charities and organisations.

Find out more about our branch and how to volunteer with us. You can call us on 01473 214610 to talk about becoming a support volunteer with our branch.

Get in touch

You can contact Samaritans of Ipswich and East Suffolk online using one of the following: