Kingston Samaritans are celebrating their 50th anniversary this weekend at All Saints Church in Kingston with a Thanksgiving Service at 2pm. Kingston Samaritans provide essential support to YMCA Surbiton hostel residents and we work closely with them. Two volunteers from Kingston Samaritans are at the hostel reception every Tuesday from 7.30pm and 9.30pm to offer a listening ear. It’s part of the Samaritans strategy to reach out to people who are struggling and in need of emotional support, and the collaboration with YMCA St Paul’s Group will enable it to strengthen its service and work more closely with like-minded partners.
Kingston Samaritans also provides training for YMCA staff who work closely with hostel residents.
“It’s a great way for our two organisations to work together, to support each other and provide our residents with a safe space where they can talk about whatever’s troubling them. Kingston Samaritans are expert listeners and are well placed to help people who are in crisis,“ says Zoe Sargent, Area Housing Manager for YMCA St Paul’s Group.
Helen Dixon, Director of Samaritans’ Kingston Branch says: “Feeling overwhelmed can affect anyone. We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide emotional support to residents and visitors at the YMCA on Tuesday evenings. We hope by being there we can ease the burden of anyone going through difficult times.”
Residents and visitors to YMCA can also access face to face emotional support from 7:30am to 9:30pm everyday at the Kingston Samaritans branch, 2 Wheatfield Way in Kingston (https://www.samaritans.org/branches/kingston-samaritans).