Samaritans of Liverpool and Merseyside launches new project to reach out to local young people at food bank

Wednesday 1st November 2017
Samaritans of Liverpool and Merseyside is teaming up with Merseyside Youth Association to provide local young people with emotional support on site at a food bank.

This important new project will ensure that those who visit the food bank will have someone to speak to, should they be going through a difficult time, on a weekly basis.

Gabrielle De La Puente, Outreach Assistant at Samaritans of Liverpool and Merseyside, explained: “Staff from Merseyside Youth Association got in touch with us because they feel that many of the young people visiting the food bank are ‘not just in need of food, but because everything else has gone wrong’.

“We want to give these young people, aged 16-25 years, the opportunity to speak to our trained volunteers while also using the food bank’s services.”

The Volunteer Team at Samaritans of Liverpool and Merseyside is skilled in, and passionate about, providing emotional support to those in need, and we are keen to work with other organisations to achieve our goal of ensuring that fewer people die by suicide. If you feel you have a project that might benefit from our expertise, please contact Rachel Howley, Development Manager, on 0151 558 1675, or at 

For more information about Merseyside Youth Association visit