Kildare Nationalist – Samaritans in Newbridge and Kildare urge people to reach out

In July, Newbridge & Kildare Samaritans remind the public that their volunteers are there around the clock to offer a listening ear to anyone struggling to cope.

Amid continued uncertainty, the local branch is highlighting the power of the spoken word as part of the charity’s annual Talk to Us awareness campaign which runs throughout July.

During Talk to Us month, branches across Ireland will mark Samaritan Awareness Day on Sunday July 24, one of the most important days on the charity’s calendar, to help spread the message. that volunteers are available to listen to anyone who is struggling to cope, feeling isolated or even in crisis 24/7/365.

“The past few years have been difficult for everyone, and we know many people are still facing all kinds of pressures, however, we want to remind the public that they are not alone. No matter the size of the problems, our volunteers are there at all hours of the day or night, no matter what they are facing,” said Shane O’Dwyer, branch manager of Newbridge & Kildare Samaritans.

“We look forward to bringing Talk to Us in person in July. Now that pandemic related restrictions have been lifted, Newbridge & Kildare volunteers will be at Whitewater Shopping Center in Newbridge… from 2pm to 5pm to make sure people know we are still available for them. We will also provide information about our services, including telling people how to get involved by volunteering with us.

“We also urge people to come and ‘Walk With Us’ on Sunday, July 24, to show people that we are here 24/7. Our volunteers, along with their family and friends, will raise awareness of his services. emotional support and encourage anyone struggling to seek help as they walk 7km on July 24 at Naas Enterprise Park, Newhall, Naas, Co Kildare, W91 VY07 and walk to the branch on Station Road in Newbridge … community members are invited to come and learn more about the branch and its work in the area as well.

Samaritan volunteers across Ireland spent over 100,000 hours answering calls for help last year and continue to be there for anyone struggling to cope.

Anyone can contact the Samaritans free of charge anytime from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, or you can email [email protected]

For more information on how to get involved, visit samaritans.org/ireland/support-us/campaign/talk-us/ or join the conversation on social media using #TalkToUs.

To donate and find more ways to support the Samaritans of Newbridge and Kildare, visit tinyurl.com/samaritans-Kildare.

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