Town House goes green for Sa­mar­i­tans

45th an­niver­sary

Hamilton Advertiser - - CLEAN TEAM - Shirley Bar­tynek

The Sa­mar­i­tans of La­nark­shire cel­e­brated their 45th birth­day at the week­end.

To mark the event, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil lit up Hamil­ton Town House green in hon­our of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

It was in Novem­ber 1972 that The Sa­mar­i­tans opened their doors for the first time in Hamil­ton.

Ini­tially, they opened up to pro­vide a space for lo­cals to talk about what was trou­bling them.

The Sa­mar­i­tans be­gan as a tele­phone helpline for peo­ple who were sui­ci­dal – nowa­days they lis­ten to peo­ple wor­ried about fi­nances, re­la­tion­ships, em­ploy­ment, phys­i­cal or men­tal health con­cerns.

Hamil­ton has around 50 vol­un­teers, but with sui­cide be­ing the big­gest cause of death in men un­der 50, and young peo­ple be­tween 16 and 34, the ser­vice is more rel­e­vant than ever.

Deb­bie, the ser­vice’s branch di­rec­tor, said: “We are so proud to be part of this amaz­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Our long­est-serv­ing vol­un­teer has been with us since the very be­gin­ning in 1972, which demon­strates how pas­sion­ate our vol­un­teers are about the vi­tal work we do.”

The branch is al­ways keen to hear from any­one who would like to be­come in­volved, whether as a lis­ten­ing vol­un­teer, help­ing with fundrais­ing, outreach or other im­por­tant sup­port func­tions.

Any­one can con­tact The Sa­mar­i­tans. What­ever you’re go­ing through, call for free any time from any phone on 116 123 (this num­ber is free to call and will not ap­pear on your phone bill), email jo@sa­mar­i­, or visit­mar­i­ to find de­tails of your near­est branch.

Pic­tured from left to right are Sa­mar­i­tans Roseann, Sally, Vicky, Paul and Deb­bie out­side Hamil­ton Town House on Fri­day evening for the an­niver­sary event.

Go­ing green Hamil­ton Town House is lit up green to mark the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s cel­e­bra­tion

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