Samaritans promote extended hours Welsh language line at Eisteddfod

By agency reporter
August 8, 2018

The Samaritans are promoting the extended opening hours for their Welsh Language Line at this year's National Eisteddfod, as they increase the level of support available to Welsh speakers.  The Samaritans Welsh Language support line had previously been open 28 hours a week but has now been increased to 49 hours.

The dedicated Welsh Language line was first set up in 2010 in order to help Welsh speakers who needed emotional support. With an increase in the demand for the service, Samaritans volunteers have worked to increase the level of support. This Eisteddfod marks an important year for the Welsh Language Line, which will now be open seven days a week for a total of 49 hours.

Samaritans have also announced their new Welsh Language correspondence service, in which anyone who needs emotional support in Welsh can send a Freepost letter. Writing a letter can be a more personal, thought-provoking way for people to get their feelings across and Samaritans want Welsh speakers to have this same opportunity.

Volunteers from six different branches will be at the 2018 Eisteddfod on stand 307 to promote Samaritans Welsh Language Service. They will also be handing out information on Samaritans emotional support and volunteering.

Margaret Jones, Chair of the Samaritans Welsh Language Sub Committee said, “This is fantastic progress for our Welsh Language Support Service and is testament to the hard work of our volunteers. We know that accessing emotional support in your first language is crucial and we hope promotion of the line and our letter writing service will encourage more Welsh speakers to get in touch.

"We also hope promotion of the service at this years Eisteddfod will help attract new Welsh-speaking volunteers. It is vital that we sustain the service and we always need more help”

* Samaritans are available around the clock every day. Call 116 123 This number is FREE and will not show up on a phone bill 

* Welsh Language Line 0808 164 0123 Opening times here

* Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/

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