Kingston Samaritans seeks to help people who are despairing, self-harming and/or suicidal. We are available by phone, e-mail, text and face to face. People seek us out. If we could reach out more eg in schools and hospitals we could support more people.
October 2014 - October 2016
The Kingston On Thames Samaritans
Hospital A & E departments are very busy places and may not have the time to investigate what drove someone to cut themselves deliberately and badly. Ambulance staff say they can take some-one who has tried to commit suicide to hospital knowing they will soon be discharged and may then try again. Young people often don't know how to help a friend who is depressed and some schools tend to ignore the problem.
Samaritans are trained to listen sympathetically. They have the time that busy professionals do not. By supporting people and showing that their feelings and experiences have validity people can be encouraged to find their own way through their problems. As a caller said 'I didn't want to die, I just didn't know how to live.'
Consolidate resources at the Branch so that we can expand this outreach work.
Activities» Move to a new building that requires less attention
» Make sure the finances are in good order
In a new building. Reserves of one years income (so that we don't have to spend time fundraising while we get this project up and running)
Contact and discuss with the relevant organisations how we could operate in their sphere
Activities» Identify appropriate organisations and 'gatekeepers'
Organisations and people identified and supportive.
Identify and train suitable Kingston Samaritan volunteers, building on our existing procedures
Activities» Explain the idea to existing and would be volunteers.
» Organise training sessions
Suitable trained volunteers ready to start on the project.
Fewer people reappearing at A & E having self-harmed or tried to commit suicide.
School children who understand how to help their friends.
Lack of support from the relevant organisations. Understand their view point and stress the benefits for them. (Our project with Network Rail provides a model)
Annual review, e-mail briefings. Visit to the project if possible and requested.
Budget - Project Cost: £4,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,500 Volunteers Volunteer facilities and support £1,500 Core costs contribution to our overall work £1,000 Telephone Telephone costs, debriefing and contact with Branch
Based at the Branch building in Kingston borough (or nearby), outreach to local institutions.
People living in Kingston,South West London, North West Surrey who are suicidal, self-harming, mentally ill or going through a very difficult time.
Kingston Samaritans have been working with local people who are suicidal for over 40 years. We have a proven model.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
This is not the way Samaritans operates, it is a team effort. The relevant Deputy directors, leaders (all volunteers) and other volunteers.