We provide an Outreach Service within specific high-risk groups in our community and numerous organisations that come into contact with persons experiencing emotional distress because of their circumstances.
Educational Establishments and Youth Services
Our Outreach volunteers visit and work with schools, college and youth groups to deliver presentations to young people.
These focus on emotional health and mental wellbeing, the value of listening, coping strategies (including self-harm and exam stress), and being aware of their own peers who could be in distress.
We provide information about GibSams, the importance of accessing support and where this is available to them. They can ring or chat with GibSams, for whatever problem is worrying them, no matter how small. We explain that the service is anonymous and confidential, and therefore, it is safe to talk; they have a Friend in GibSams!
Students who are leaving for university will benefit from knowing about the services provided by Samaritans in the UK and that the number they can call if they are feeling distressed when they are away from home is the same (116123).
To find out more and book a session on behalf of your school, college or youth group, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2018, Bishop Fitzgerald Middle School launched the first Chatter Natter Bench, based on the concept of our Chatty Café Scheme.
Our volunteers did presentation to all the pupils beforehand, focusing on
- being kind,
- the importance of looking out for pupils who are shy or lonely
- stop bullying
- Giving these pupils a friendly place where they are always welcome
- At this the Bench, they will always find a friend to talk to.
The Chatter Natter or Buddy Bench is now a very popular feature in most of our local schools.