Bury Samaritans have celebrated their 40th year of ‘listening in style’ recently as guests of our Mayor Cllr Tim Pickstone at the Town Hall.
This year’s Annual Branch Meeting was held in the Town Hall and from the pictures, it shows that everyone rose to the occasion. As well as the usual branch business, we were delighted to present a number on long service awards, to volunteers celebrating 20, 25, 35 and 40 years of long service with Bury Samaritans during this year, these amounted to 205 years loyal service to our callers and our community.
Branch Director Chris Mills, along with Mayor Cllr Tim Pickstone was proud to be giving out the awards saying, “This is a small token of our appreciation tonight to celebrate the countless hours given to helping our callers in their time of need…” The evening was a great success, we enjoyed a delicious buffet all of which was donated by our volunteers and was topped off with a slice of the special bespoke cake to mark the occasion.
Although Samaritans in Bury started as a telephone-based organisation, the service provided has grown considerably over the years. We still provide support to people via the telephone, we now have a free call number 116 123, e-mail email@example.com. We support local events, groups, carnivals and conferences and where ever we are requested to do so. We also put considerable effort into reducing the incidence of suicide through providing support, empathy, education and by making a positive contribution to public health and social policy and being part of Bury Suicide Prevention Group. We work with our local schools and colleges to help children and young people develop emotional awareness, resilience and enrich their understanding of how important it is to share how they are feeling. We provide training and support to volunteers, equipping them with new skills, experiences and this enables them to carry out our remarkable work supporting callers and being part of our amazing team.
Volunteers past and present are the lifeblood of our organisation – The Branch wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the hard work of our amazing volunteers over the 4 decades. For further information, please contact Chris Mills, Bury.Director@Samaritans.org