A Sudbury taxi company is a backing a recently launched campaign to encourage people to talk about their problems.
The Just Talk campaign was launched by psychotherapist Glenda Roberts following the suicides of two of her children’s close friends.
The focus of the campaign will be monthly drop-in sessions held at the ExploringU centre for well-being, in Station Road, Sudbury. People will be able to drop-in without an appointment and discuss any problem they may have in confidence. The first drop in session date is Saturday, November 26, between 10am and 2pm.
AAA Cab Ltd is now supporting the campaign by offering free transport to the sessions. The taxi firm will have two pick up points from the Co-op store in Canhams Road, Great Cornard at 9.30am and then another at Popular Shops, Great Cornard at 9.45am. Depending on demand for the service the pick-up points could be rolled out to other areas.
Stuart Armstrong, director at AAA Cab Ltd: “A work colleague of my wife recently committed suicide so this is an issue quite close to my heart.
“When approached I just decided I could not refuse to help and I hope that by providing this service we can help people find the support they need.”
Ms Roberts, founder of the ExploringU centre for well-being said: “We are thrilled that AAA Cabs Ltd is supporting the campaign in this way, it is such a kind gesture. We hope other local organisations can also come forward to support the campaign in any way they can.
“There are many people within the community who are feeling alone and unheard and desperately need someone to talk to. I believe everyone has the right to be heard and to have someone they can trust. We want those people to know we are here for them, we are offering a safe and friendly environment where people of any age or background can just come and talk freely about any issue they may have.”
Ms Roberts added that her centre was not the best for people with disabilities and was seeking alternative premises to hold the drop-in sessions in Sudbury.
“Due to the amount of stairs we have here it is not best suited for those with disabilities so if anyone can offer a more suitable ground floor area in which to hold the sessions we would be delighted to hear from them.”
The Just Talk Drop-in will be held at the ExploringU centre for well-being the Old Press Rooms, 54 Station Road, Sudbury. Anyone needing further information should contact the centre on 01787 829141.
Drop-in sessions will also be held on:
December: Saturday 17th 2016, 10-2pm
January, Saturday 28, 10-2pm
February, Saturday 25, 10-2pm
March, Saturday 25, 10-2pm
April, Saturday 29, 10-2pm
May, Saturday 27, 10-2pm
June, Saturday 24, 10-2pm
July, Saturday 29, 10-2pm