On behalf of Samaritans of Dunfermline, thank you so much for the support the congregation of Holy Trinity Church provides throughout the year; the Light Lunch, the retiring collection and Dorissia’s delicious curry supper. Like most branches across the organisation, our branch is run by volunteers and we rely on fundraising, donations and grants to be able to run the branch and ensure we are available to support those who are in need of someone to talk to. Yourkind and generous contributions help us to do that.
Every year, Samaritans answer more than 5 million calls nationally for help via our unique 24-hour listening service and via email, SMS, letter and face to face. Up until the end of July, Dunfermline branch alone has responded to over 8,300 calls via all of these methods of contact.
Samaritan volunteers are very aware that for some people, particularly men, it is very difficult to open up and talk about how they really feel. For that reason, we supported the Dunfermline Press’ campaign “We Need To Talk”, following the recent tragic loss of lives in our community. We’re also supporting an event on the 19th September, Choose Life Fife, which is aimed at promoting better mental health among men and preventing lives lost to suicide. If you know someone who might benefit from this event, they can sign up via the following link:
We want to encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can protect and even save lives. This is why across Fife, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy branches of the Samaritans work in schools, colleges, prisons, workplaces and communities. You may have seen our stand in various locations already this year, Queen Margaret Hospital, Fife College, the Childrens’ Gala in the Glen or perhaps the Pars Open Day at East End Park. Next time you spot us out and about, please come and say hello, we’re always willing to talk, but more importantly ready to listen.
Linda Miller – Director
Samaritans of Dunfermline SCIO