Our activities

As well as taking calls and answering emails, North London Samaritans also take part in other activities in the area.

Outreach

North London Samaritans – stand at showFor example, we have a team of speakers who can give talks about what we do and how we can provide support. We are always pleased to speak to schools, universities, colleges or community groups who might be interested in our work or who may benefit from our service. We have visited a number of primary schools to talk to year six pupils about emotional health and conducted activity sessions on coping with feelings.

Samaritan and Mayor of Enfield (right)
Samaritan and Mayor of Enfield (right)
We also publicise our service with a stand at community events or workplaces and can provide emotional support at particular times and locations. We recently provided support for year 12 students at the Enfield and Haringey Safe Drive Stay Alive initiative, a hard-hitting production aimed at young drivers.

We are available for urgent support in the event of an incident at one of our local train stations. (For more information see http://www.samaritans.org/your-community/reducing-railway-deaths.)

If you know of an organisation or community group that would be interested in finding out more about Samaritans please contact us at outreach@northlondonsamaritans.org.uk

North London Samaritans’ Schools’ Service

We work closely with local primary and secondary schools within our local boroughs of Enfield, Haringey and Barnet.  A group of volunteers go into the schools and give short talks and run interactive workshops for the young people. The focus of these sessions is dealing with difficult emotions.

We also have a Postvention advisor within our branch. This is part of Samaritans’ Step by Step programme which supports schools after an unexplained death or suicide.  This service is designed to ensure school communities are equipped to respond effectively to an attempted or completed suicide. The Postvention advisor offers practical support, guidance and information on addressing the impact of suicide on the school community and helping the school to recover.

Prisons

Not everyone in need of emotional support can easily make a private telephone call or access their email. People in prison are six times more likely to kill themselves than people outside. Samaritans works with HM Prison Service to reduce the number of self-inflicted deaths and self-harm by providing a number of different support mechanisms.

Volunteers from North London Samaritans go into HMP Pentonville most weeks to select, train and support prison Listeners. Listeners are prisoners themselves who have been carefully trained by Samaritans to provide confidential, face to face emotional support to their fellow prisoners. This is a vitally important part of North London Samaritans’ service.

For more information about our Listener Scheme, please click here.

 

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Big Lottery update

Big Lottery funding helps secure our future

 

NLS has been given a grant of £545,000 by Big Lottery to rebuild Shaftesbury Hall to provide a centre for Samaritans’ volunteers and a new public facility for local people.

The charity now needs help from local businesses, trusts and individuals to raise £110,000 in the next 6 months to complete the project. 

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SHUSH

On July 24 North London Samaritans want you to shush and listen

 

Samaritans national awareness campaign Talk to Us encourages people from all over the UK to take a few minutes to improve their listening skills by following the charity’s simple SHUSH! listening tips.

 

Samaritans volunteers will be at Bowes Park Station and Hornsey Station on Monday July 24th handing out SHUSH listening tips and highlighting the support they provide for the community.

 

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