‘We will lis­ten and help you find a way through’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Sa­mar­i­tans vol­un­teers in Ash­ford and Ten­ter­den are help­ing to pro­mote the char­ity’s new ‘We Lis­ten’ cam­paign, which lets peo­ple know that any­one can call Sa­mar­i­tans, what­ever they’re go­ing through.

A se­ries of posters now be­ing dis­played in rail­way sta­tions across the coun­try con­tain hid­den mes­sages where peo­ple claim­ing to be fine are not OK at all.

One says: “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’.”

Sup­ported by Net­work Rail and the rail in­dus­try, the cam­paign aims to show that while it’s easy to hide your feel­ings, when some­one re­ally lis­tens you’re more likely to open up and start work­ing through your prob­lems.

Sa­mar­i­tans say they are there for ev­ery­one and they don’t just hear you, they re­ally lis­ten.

Les­ley Sut­ton the char­ity’s branch di­rec­tor for Ash­ford 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 at 22 Queen Street, Ash­ford and chat face to face.

“What­ever works best for you, we’ll lis­ten and help you find a way through.”

Net­work Rail has been work­ing with Sa­mar­i­tans to raise aware- ness of the char­ity’s emo­tional sup­port ser­vices since 2010.

You can call Sa­mar­i­tans for free at any time from any phone on 116 123 (you don’t even need credit and this num­ber won’t show up on your phone bill), email jo@sa­mar­i­tans.org, or visit sa­mar­i­tans.org to find de­tails of your near­est branch.

The Sa­mar­i­tans’ ‘We lis­ten’ cam­paign is launched by Ian Stevens, Net­work Rail pro­gramme man­ager, and Lynsey Pol­lard, the Sa­mar­i­tans’ head of press

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