Photos by Shane J Horan Photographer.
On Monday 31st July 2017, Cork City FC took on Bohemians FC in the SSE Airtricity Premier League.
In the first, of what is hoped to be many events, to help promote awareness of the importance of having someone to talk to, be it a friend, a work-colleague, or a support organisation, FORAS asked the Cork Samaritans to help with a pre-match tea, coffee and biscuits event held at the Turner’s Cross Community Centre adjacent to the stadium. City and Bohs fans were invited into the centre for complimentary refreshments before heading to the match. The Cork Samaritans welcomed everyone, distributed contact details of their organisation, and explained how they help when someone needs someone to talk to. Highlights of City’s season to date played on a big screen, alongside information about The Cork Samaritans, who are celebrating 45 years of helping people.
City have always been a community centred team, and since the fans took ownership through the Friends of the Rebel Army Society, FORAS, in 2010, the community focus has never been more important. Link-ups and partnerships with local charities, businesses, hospitals and hospices, schools, colleges, and community groups are happening every week.
Cork Samaritans is a 100% voluntary organisation, with no paid staff. They are not Government Funded and rely solely on donations and fundraising initiatives. All money donated to Cork Samaritans is used to keep the branch open and deliver the listening service.
Call: 116 123
Text: 087 2 60 90 90
Call in: 7/8 Coach Street, Cork. The drop-in service is available between 9am and 10pm every day.
Cork Samaritans volunteers are available to offer emotional support in all cases to people who need to talk about their feelings.
If you are interested in volunteering to become a Samaritan, and if you wish to attend a Recruitment Information evening then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.