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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 30th November 2018

Charity of the Month: Canterbury Samaritans

The Samaritans offer help to those requiring support with a wide range of personal issues. It doesn’t matter what problems people are trying to cope with, they can contact the group by phone, email or text, or visit its branch in Canterbury. The charity will listen entirely confidentially to those getting in touch.

The charity is always looking for volunteers willing to support someone in distress. As the organisation explains, you can make an amazing difference helping people who are going through a difficult time in their life.

Consequently, the group is offering the opportunity to help in its important and very worthwhile work. Apart from listening duties, the charity supports groups in the area where its members’ skills can be placed to good work.

Its outreach team continues its relationship with Canterbury’s university students and local schools. They also give awareness talks and are part of the Network Rail Partnership, making contact with passengers and staff. In addition, its prison team recruits and trains listeners at Elmley and Stanford Hill prisons. Listeners are prisoners themselves who offer to support fellow prisoners in distress.

While Samaritans is a national charity (visit samaritans.org) each branch has to fund it itself, with the Canterbury site requiring more than £32,000 every year – that’s more than £80 a day.

• If you are able to help with a donation, call 01227 457777 or write to The Treasurer, Canterbury & District Samaritans, 32 Northgate, Canterbury CT1 1BL. If you would like more information on volunteering, email Jessie at
the.samaritans@btconnect.com

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