New Sa­mar­i­tans cam­paign is backed by Net­work Rail

‘We Lis­ten’ posters placed at sta­tions across the coun­try

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

SA­MAR­I­TANS vol­un­teers in Hilling­don are help­ing to pro­mote the char­ity’s brand new ‘We Lis­ten’ cam­paign.

Posters will be placed at rail­way sta­tions across the coun­try de­pict­ing peo­ple who claim to be fine but are not.

One states: “I’m al­right with be­ing sin­gle I guess. It’s not ideal for the kids, but they seem to be cop­ing.” The real mes­sage be­ing: “I’m not cop­ing”.

Net­work Rail is sup­port­ing the cam­paign, which aims to show that while it is easy to hide your feel­ings, when some­one re­ally lis­tens you are more likely to open up and start work­ing through your prob­lems.

Donna Har­ris, branch di­rec­tor of Sa­mar­i­tans, said: “Life’s pres­sures can build, with­out you even re­al­is­ing. It’s all too easy to turn away, ig­nore how you’re feel­ing and put on a brave face.

“But you don’t have to do that with us. Sa­mar­i­tans vol­un­teers make time for you and re­ally lis­ten to you, be­cause sim­ply be­ing lis­tened to can help you put into words what’s re­ally go­ing on in your life and help you find a way through. It might be the pres­sures of fam­ily, re­la­tion­ships, work, health, fi­nances or any­thing else.

“Talk to Sa­mar­i­tans for free from any phone, email us, text us or come into our branch in Press Road, Uxbridge and chat face to face.”

Ian Stevens, on be­half of Net­work Rail, added: “Thou­sands of peo­ple in Hilling­don travel by rail and visit sta­tions ev­ery day, so we’re well placed to sup­port Sa­mar­i­tans’ ‘We Lis­ten’ cam­paign and help spread the mes­sage that you don’t have to go it alone with your trou­bles when life is tough.”

Vol­un­teers will be invit­ing trav­ellers to find out more about the work they do and the ser­vices they of­fer, and en­cour­ag­ing com­muters to spread the word about the new cam­paign on so­cial me­dia, us­ing the hash­tag #WeLis­ten.

Call Sa­mar­i­tans for free on 116 123 (you do not need credit and the num­ber will not show up on your bill), email jo@sa­mar­i­tans. org, or visit sa­mar­i­ to find de­tails of your near­est branch.

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