Lord mayor helps team at ‘Talk to Us’ day

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HELPING people in distress was the focus of a Samaritans ‘Talk to Us’ session in Portsmouth’s Commercial Road.

The city’s Lord Mayor Councillor Steven Wylie was there to help the Samaritans team raise awareness of their group.

Cllr Wylie chatted to volunteers and congratulated one who had come to help despite having been on duty the previous night.

Samaritans Portsmouth director Mary Noble said the Samaritans ran a call centre which people could call if they needed to talk about their problems in the evening.

She said: ‘We want to support people in distress. That means being there for them when they need us and you can’t confine that to office hours.’

Ms Noble said the call centre depended on volunteers’ support.

She said: ‘It’s very rewarding and some people have been doing it for many years, but we always welcome new people and give full training.’

The Samaritans’ helpline number is (023) 9269 1313.

To learn more about volunteering visit samaritans.org/portsmouth.