Salisbury and District Samaritans Outreach

The need to be active in the wider community continues to be an important priority for the Salisbury Samaritans, particularly in the present climate.

We reach out and work with schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, health and welfare services, homeless shelters, prisons and other charities. We also promote awareness of our service at local social venues, community events and music festivals.

Schools
Samaritans talks are becoming an integral part of school programmes of personal & social education. Head teachers and school governors are becoming more aware of the emotional and pastoral needs of the young people in their care, and the need to offer support to their pupils. We are able to offer talks to Years 10 & 11 to raise their awareness of the work of Samaritans : what we do, and how we can support them.

Our schools team can give talks to year group assemblies or individual tutor groups or staff using both power point and interactive material including advice and practical guidance to prepare for, and deal with, the repercussions of a completed or attempted suicide.

Details of the DEAL (Developing Emotional Health and Learning) programme can be found here.

By reaching out in this way the branch hopes to give young people, the knowledge that there is someone who will listen in complete confidence and without prejudice to those who are seeking emotional support. Salisbury Samaritans has a team of speakers who provide talks to schools and colleges throughout the district. Our volunteers have also recently provided support to a school in which a pupil died tragically.

Hospitals
We have liaised with local Hospitals to have Samaritans awareness material displayed in key areas. Furthermore, our volunteers provide valuable emotional support to patients and their families through hospital visits. We are quietly around in the background if anyone feels the need to talk about their loved ones or the pain that they are going through. We are on hand to give support with sensitive issues or just to offer a shoulder to cry on. All our conversations are in total confidence.

Prison Outreach Team
We support Samaritan Listener Schemes in local prisons.

Other Outreach presentations
We have an Outreach Team of experienced speakers, who are available to visit local organisations and charities such as schools, local youth groups, hospitals and students unions. We do not make any charge for our visits.

Some of Outreach activity we are currently involved in:

Name of Organisation

Activity

Alabare

Outreach to residents and clients

Wiltshire College Trowbridge - Health & Well-being event

Publicity/ Awareness raising

Rotary

Talk

Quakers

Talk

Burgate 6th Form College (Staff)

Presentation / information

Wiltshire College Salisbury  -  Health & Well-being event

 

AA  Al Anon / Alateen Ringwood

Networking event

Lay Chaplain at Magistrates’ Court

Ditto

Sarum Academy Community Fair

 

Rainbow Rooms -  LGBT

Networking event

AgeUK

Talk and workshop/training event

Spurgeons

Children’s charity

Bemerton Heath Families Day / Sarum Academy

 

Devizes School

Talk to Sixth Form

Help for Heroes­

Networking event

Unit Welfare Officers at Tidworth

Presentation

SWGS & BWS Citizenship Day

Workshops for Sixth Formers

Bulford Children’s Centre

Multi-agency meeting / presentation

SSAFA Conference (multi agency) – Mental Health Day

Presentation and awareness raising

If you would like a talk or workshop you can contact us at outreach@samaritansofsalisbury.org.uk or call us on 01722 33067201722 330672.

or by letter to The Outreach Coordinator, Salisbury Samaritans, 42, Milford Street, Salisbury SP1 2BP.