Join in Samaritans’ Brew Monday on 18 January for a virtual cuppa

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Bedford Samaritans would like everyone to connect over a virtual cuppa this year as their annual Brew Monday event goes online.

This year, Brew Monday is today (18 January), the third Monday in January which is sometimes known as ‘Blue Monday’ for being the most difficult day of the year.

The event aims to help Bedfordians become better listeners with virtual ‘Learn to Listen’ events in a bid to beat the winter blues.

Winter has a reputation for being one of the hardest seasons, with many finding it difficult to deal with the darker days and cold weather as well as this year the added complications of Lockdown restrictions.

Samaritans’ new research with over 1,400 of the charity’s volunteers found that the start of the cold days and long nights have heightened feelings of isolation and loneliness for those already experiencing loneliness due to the pandemic restrictions.

To ensure that nobody struggles alone, Samaritans is asking people to check in with those they care about for a cuppa and chat – and a biscuit or two.

Due to the pandemic restrictions, this Brew Monday, the Bedford Samaritans branch will be turning this day on its head and into something positive by encouraging people to get together over a warming virtual cuppa and a chat.

Rachel, Bedford Branch Director shares the importance of connecting with others.

She said: “It has been a winter like no other. The challenges that many people face during this season have been felt more acutely this year with the pandemic.

There couldn’t be a better time to reach out for a chat with someone you care about. It doesn’t have to be a Monday or a cup of tea, it’s just about taking time to really listen to another person which can in turn help them work through what’s on their mind.”

Learn to Listen

“At Bedford Samaritans, we know how powerful listening can be,” said Rachel.

“Listening helps us build relationships, be there for others and it can save lives.

“Through our virtual event, we hope that we can help more people to support others and make a difference.”

Volunteers will be helping their community to become better listeners today with the launch of the first online ‘Learn to Listen’ events at 10:30am and 3:30pm.

It’s a chance to find out more about the work of Samaritans and learn how to be a good listener in the virtual session.

To register for a free place, email bedfordsamaritans@hotmail.co.uk

Bedford Samaritans are also inviting people to organise a virtual tea party this Brew Monday and help Bedford volunteers continue to be there for anyone who needs a listening ear by raising vital funds for Samaritans.

To make a donation to support Bedford Samaritans please visit samaritans.org/bedford or you can donate by text: Text 5SAMS to 70085 to donate £5, Text 10SAMS to 70085 to donate £10 (text cost donation plus one standard rate message).

Join the conversation on social media using #BrewMonday and why not make a donation while you’re there, you could help save a life.

Anyone can contact Samaritans FREE any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit. This number won’t show up on your phone bill. Or you can email jo@samaritans.org or visit samaritans.org.

Every seven seconds, Samaritans responds to a call for help.

You can follow Samaritans on social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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