The MCF has donated over £56,000 to Samaritans’ Local Action Saves Lives suicide prevention campaign. This grant will support Samaritans branches across the country, including Samaritans Rotherham.
Freemasons visit Samaritans Rotherham
Rotherham Mayor, Cllr Eve Rose Keenan and local Freemasons from Yorkshire, West Riding visited the town’s Samaritans branch to meet with volunteers and find out how the branch gets involved in suicide prevention.
The Mayor, who had used Samaritans’ service earlier in her life and had been a listening volunteer for the charity said:
“Samaritans volunteers are at the heart of the community saving lives. They are working alongside the local council, the NHS, and other charities locally to help people who are struggling. They also share best practice about suicide prevention. It was good to meet with John and other local Freemasons who have helped to fund Samaritans vital work locally.
John Boyington, of Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons, said:
“We’re very pleased to be able to help Samaritans in their hugely important campaign to reduce the numbers of people who take their own lives. Rotherham Samaritans vital work in our community, being there for people who have nowhere else to turn.”
Christine Edwards, Branch Director of Rotherham Samaritans, said:
“We’re very grateful to the Freemasons for their generous grant, which will help us press forward with our six-year strategy to better understand those most at risk of suicide, and to be there for people when they need us most.”
In partnership with the local community
Samaritans’ Rotherham branch has partnerships with the police and the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health Trust (RDSHMHT). For the past year, the branch has had a dedicated phone line to support of people in the Rotherham area who have been bereaved by suicide.
As part of the RDSHMHT partnership, volunteers raise awareness of Samaritans’ support at Rotherham’s District Hospital. The branch supports prisoners in two local prisons, visits schools and carries out community suicide prevention measures as part of Samaritans’ national partnership with the rail industry.
Rotherham Council and the NHS, as well as West Yorkshire Police and other local organisations, meet regularly to share information about suicide prevention locally, which enables them to put in place efficient suicide prevention plans.