Local Samaritans this Christmas

There is a Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark Branch of Samaritans, which will offer a listening ear over Christmas, with volunteers available round the clock over the festive period, providing a safe space for anyone who needs to talk.

As well as being the most wonderful time of the year, it's also a period of acute stress and loneliness for many. The service is particularly keen for men to get in touch, since their research shows men are much less likely to seek counselling until a crisis point has hit.

Click here for the details of the local Samaritans branch and donate to the service here.


PeoplesAssemblySEL said...

Also another service available over Christmas is
The London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard is at 0300 330 0630, open between 10am and 11pm every day of the year. Calls to this number cost the same as 02 or 01 numbers and are included in monthly mobile allowance deals.


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Tamsin said...

For those who are alone there are places go to in the area on Christmas Day

Deptford Methodist Church, 1 Creek Road, SE8 3BT
A 10.30 service or just come along at 11.30 for welcome, tea and coffee. Then a 3-course lunch (tell them in advance of dietary requirements) followed by games and entertainment, finishing at 3.30.
Phone Melissa on 020 8692 0048 to confirm numbers and discuss transport.

All Saints, Monson Road, SE14 5EH
Mass in the Community Hall at 11am, then drop in for traditional lunch at around 1pm, followed by an afternoon of entertainment and tea with cakes and sandwiches. No charge for anything.
Phone Father Owen on 020 7639 3497 as some transport may be available.

St Johns, off Lewisham Way, SE8 4EA
Lunch from 12.30—phone Peter on 07786 160 993 to book in advance and ask about limited transport options.

Cummin’ Up Restaurant & Take-away 389 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6NZ Richard Simpson and his family cook traditional British Christmas Day fare (including Brussels!), plus jerk chicken, rice & peas and mixed salad—1pm to 6pm.

The only thing to emphasise is that if someone books into a lunch and arranges transport but then finds they’re spending the day with family or friends after all, they LET THE ORGANISERS KNOW! There is otherwise the nightmare situation of the unfortunate volunteer driver—with other people on the list to pick up—having to get hold of the emergency services on Christmas Day (when they are extra busy) simply because there's no-one there to answer a door-bell.

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