Helping Our Community Cope

Our Blackpool team is supporting Samaritans in its work to help people facing challenging times.

In 2018, there were 6,507 suicides registered in the UK. Without Samaritans, the likelihood is that figure would be considerably higher. Every six seconds, Samaritans volunteers answer a call for help. They help people who need someone to listen to them, without pressure or judgement. They work to ensure that fewer people die from suicide.

Although UK-wide, Samaritans has local branches that help local people in times of crisis. Optimised Energy is supporting Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Samaritans’ ‘Pay for a Day’ appeal by contributing towards daily operating costs, including ongoing training of volunteers and the provision of the free call service.

Facing Crisis Together

Suicide rates in Blackpool are higher than the national average. The local Samaritans branch answers around 70 phone calls every day. In addition, it handles 5 emails and 6 texts from users, as well as being there for anyone who chooses to visit for a face to face. So supporting Pay for a Day makes a vital difference on our doorstep.

Angie Pascoe, Director for the Blackpool, Fylde, and Wyre Samaritans said: “We are extremely grateful to Optimised Energy for supporting our ‘Pay for a Day’ appeal. This sponsorship is vital for us to continue to have a Samaritan available for callers, whenever they need it and also contributes to initial and on-going training for our volunteers”.

Protecting wellbeing is just one of the commitments Optimised Energy makes in our Sustainability Report, produced as part of our commitment to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. You can read the full report here.

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