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Mentoring charity Lifespace teams up with Stratford Samaritans

Stratford Editorial 9th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CHARITIES supporting young people have teamed up to improve their service.

Mentoring charity Lifespace has joined forces with Stratford Samaritans at the Community Hub in Tyler House on Tyler Street.

Together they hope to change the lives of young people by allowing them to access services from the same place and draw on one another’s expertise.

The most common issues for people coming to Lifespace – which helps some 400 people annually – includes anxiety, stress, loss and social isolation. The charity then works to reduce their distress, build resilience and help them achieve more.

And the Samaritans offer emotional support to those having a tough time.

Lifespace founder Chris Spriggs said: “At the heart of both charities is a deeply held intention to provide immediate confidential help to persons experiencing distress and difficulty.

“We bring different strengths to the collaboration and it’s an important and exciting next step for us.”

The charities – which together have the support of more than 100 trained volunteers – say their five-year arrangement will create a community facility in the heart of Stratford.

Stratford Samaritans director Pat Borthwick said: “Reaching out and providing confidential emotional support to young people is a priority for Stratford Samaritans. Working with Lifespace, our new neighbours at Tyler House, will benefit all the schools we work with and we are looking forward to a successful collaboration.”

Visit www.lifespace.org.uk to find out more about Lifespace or email jo@samaritans.org to contact the Samaritans.

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