London Samaritans have been running wellbeing workshops for businesses, local authorities and other charities since 2017 and now have a 'suite' of presentations on offer which raise vital funds to support the 16 Samaritan Branches in London.
We urgently need a support volunteer to put together a 3 year marketing and business development plan for the London Samaritans Workplace Training Team. They will be working with the small founding/development team who are all experienced listening volunteers in their branches. Although we would need a meeting in Central London to brain storm the project at the start most of the work will be carried out by email and telephone call as and when needed.
The ideal volunteer would be a self motivated professional who both understands the role of Samaritans (a short induction evening will be arranged) and recognises the value to a range of organisations of wellbeing.
They will have an interest or experience in marketing gained in a voluntary or professional role as well as a real interest in strategic development, marketing and/or business development.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as 'a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community’. Sadly, around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year and around 1 in 5 will experience suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives.
Work can provide a relief from personal stress, but can also be the cause of pressure. Either way, a government labour force survey reported 15.4 million work days lost due to stress, depression or anxiety in the UK in 2017/18. Addressing emotional health in the workplace makes sound economic sense as well as making a positive contribution towards how employees feel about the company for which they work.
Samaritans has a vision that fewer people die by suicide and we believe we can help by giving people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. To this end we have a team of experienced volunteers who have introduced a short workshop (1.5 hrs) which is aimed at everyone within the workplace.
The workshop raises awareness about emotional health and introduces listening skills that anyone can use to help colleagues who might be experiencing emotional problems or even struggling with suicidal thoughts.
This is a unique opportunity to both support London Samaritans and to help a wide range of organisations, particular their staff or volunteers based in London, to get a clearer understanding of how everyone can help, practically and emotionally, anyone who might be at risk.
The project is looking at both strategy and delivery for both marketing and business development so will give the successful applicant a range of challenges and wide experience. it is likely that on completion of the project a presentation will be made to the Samaritans London Region Council and will also involve some liaison with staff in the Samaritan Central Office in Ewell.