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Ascendant Recruitment’s Christmas Charity: Samaritans MK

Posted on: 13 Dec 2019, admin

Ascendant Recruitment made a donation to the Milton Keynes branch of Samaritans UK recently and we wanted to talk about it, to encourage the people of Milton Keynes to do whatever they can to support this wonderful charity. IPPR research has found that the issues of flexible or temporary working can have a huge impact on the mental health of workers, so we wanted to use our blog to raise awareness of the issue and to make sure that our workers know that there is help and support locally.

From self-harm to suicide, general anxiety and stress reduction, it’s clear that people are talking more about mental health than ever before – which can only be a positive thing. Christmas can add an unwanted dimension of stress to people already experiencing mental health issues and these statistics just demonstrate how much of an issue it is.  Samaritans UK do a wonderful job of helping people who are struggling at this time of year:

  • 1,479 volunteers gave up their time to respond to calls last Christmas Day
  • £52,628 was the cost to provide services to people seeking support last Christmas Day
  • 300,734 calls were responded to over the Christmas period last year

Nicola Prichard, Director of Samaritans Milton Keynes hopes to use our donation for volunteers: “Our volunteers all give 16 hours of their time each month to callers and this includes over night shifts plus recruiting and training new volunteers. My plan is to use Ascendant Recruitment’s donation to make things more comfortable for our volunteers, so that we can make their time with us each month as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

The Samaritans website has a wealth of information available if you think you need help in the workplace specifically – please visit

Director of Ascendant Recruitment, Nick Peacock said: “I met Nicola at an event recently and we started talking about the amazing work the Samaritans do. I’m really pleased that our donation will help to retain volunteers and make sure that their shifts are in as comfortable and pleasant surrounding as possible.  The calls that the volunteers take each shift can be harrowing so making sure they’ve got comfortable facilities is great news.”

If you think you need help?

Get in touch with Samaritans MK – visit their website:

Would you like to volunteer?

The Samaritans hold regular information events and the next one is at 10am on Saturday 25th January 2020 at 10.00am. If you want to find out more about the fantastic work that they do, get in touch with Sam Joiner at

If you would like to donate to Samaritans Milton Keynes:

You can make a donation on the Samaritans MK giving page.