Samaritans at The Queen’s Hospital

Volunteers for Havering Samaritans set up stall at Queens Hospital and end up on the Radio


Seven volunteers from Havering Samaritans took it in turns to make sure there was always a presence at our stall in the Atrium at Queen’s Hospital in Romford today (Tuesday 17th March).

We had prime position right next to the Information Desk and were delighted with the number of people who took time to stop and ask about what we do. The stall operated from 9am to 4pm; the photos shows Mo and Jenny who were there at lunch time. It is surprising how many people pass through reception and we had many conversations with patients, staff and visitors. The stand was so popular we had to send for another supply of pens with the Samaritans logo and telephone number!

The aim of the stand was to raise awareness of the local Samaritans both in terms of the people who may use the service (anyone in distress or dispair) and the people who volunteer their time to answer telephone calls and be available to received face-to-face visitors at the branch. Volunteers are ordinary people who have been trained by the Samartians and are able to give a few hours a week to support others.

At 2.30pm one of the volunteers, Nigel, was invited into the studio of “Bedrock” (hospital radio) for a live interview by presenter Lee (photo) who asked about what Samaritans do and how to get in touch. Interestingly both Bedrock and Samaritans is staffed by volunteers who want to give something back to the community.

We are grateful to the authorises at Queen’s hospital for allowing us to set up stall in the reception today and it was a pleasure to meet so many people in this busy hub of activity in Romford.

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