Samaritans launch new East Coast service

Samaritans has opened a new East Coast service based in Arklow to serve communities in Wicklow and Wexford. The service was officially launched last night (Monday 22 September) at a reception in Arus Lorcain, Arklow.

Speaking at the launch, Samaritans Coordinator for the new East Coast service, Aidan Carr said, “We were asked by the community to explore the possibility of opening a service 18 months ago and we are delighted that it is now up and running. It would have been impossible to achieve this so quickly without the support and enthusiasm of the community. We look forward to continuing this relationship and growing the service.”

People can talk to Samaritans round the clock, in their own way, about whatever is getting to them. Some of the issues our callers face, include: job stresses, being out of work, money troubles, family struggles, relationship issues, trying to measure up, feeling alone, feeling worthless or feeling sad and angry all the time.

“We are here for anyone going through a tough time, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. It doesn’t matter what kind of problem our callers have, however big or small it may seem compared to the problems other people have. What matters to us is how their life is making them feel” said Mr. Carr. “We know that many people today are struggling to cope and we want to let them know that talking can help and that there is always a Samaritan here to listen.”

Samaritans has 21 branches on the island of Ireland and the service is delivered by over 2,000 volunteers who undergo an intensive training programme before taking calls and emails. Thirty volunteers from Wicklow and Wexford have been recruited and trained since January. Samaritans service in the East Coast will be recruiting more volunteers in October so that more calls can be answered.

Information evenings for anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer will be held in on 1 October at 7.30pm in the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey and on 8 October  at 7.30pm in Greystones Rugby Club, Mill Road, Greystones. More information about volunteering is available by calling 1890 200 091.

Samaritans has recently launched a new free to call number in the Republic of Ireland and can be contacted at any time of the day on night by calling 116 123 or emailing Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org .

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About Samaritans

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year for people who are struggling to cope. Please call 116123 in the Republic of Ireland or 08457 90 90 90 in Northern Ireland, email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.ie for details of the nearest branch.