'There’s always time for a cuppa and a chat’ says Worthing Samaritans
Volunteers encourage the community to have a cuppa and a catch up with those they care about as the charity’s annual Brew Monday campaign launches.
In a bid to power through the cold winter months, Worthing Samaritans is encouraging people to reach out to someone they care about for a cuppa and a catch up for Brew Monday.
Whilst the third Monday in January is sometimes referred to as ‘the most difficult day of the year’, the charity is highlighting that there’s no such thing as ‘Blue Monday’ as people can feel a range of emotions any day of the year. Although winter is thought to be one of the harder seasons with dark days and frosty nights, Samaritans volunteers hear similar concerns all year round from those that contact the charity. The main concerns include mental health and illness (46%), family (34%) and loneliness (28%)*.
So, to ensure nobody struggles alone, on Brew Monday or any other day, Samaritans is reminding everyone to check in on friends, family or colleagues. It doesn’t need to be a Monday or a cup of tea, it’s about connecting and really listening to each other.
Volunteers from Worthing Samaritans will be at Heene Community Centre, 122 Heene Road, for a Brew Monday event, on Monday 17th January from 9.30 am, then again at Barnham Railway Station on Monday 24th January, from 4 pm to 6.30 pm. They'll be chatting to passers by, and offering special Samaritans teabags as a reminder to take time to relax with friends.
Worthing Samaritans volunteer Sophie wants people to look out for their friends and loved ones. She said: “As we enter another winter in these difficult times, we are encouraging people to look out for their family, friends and work colleagues and be that listening ear that they might just need. It doesn’t matter if it’s Monday morning or Thursday night, or if you’re drinking lemonade, black coffee or apple juice. If you’re sharing a cup of something and listening, you’re making a difference to someone’s day.”
“At Worthing Samaritans, we know how powerful listening can be. Listening helps us build relationships, be there for others and it can save lives. Through our event, we hope that we can help more people to support others who may need a listening ear.”
Join the conversation on social media using #BrewMonday and why not donate while you’re there, you could help save a life. For more information, visit Samaritans.org/BrewMonday
(Pictured - Worthing Samaritans volunteers with British Transport Police at Worthing Station in November 2021)