Bringing hope and safety to local families
At Samaritans we’re working to bring hope and safety to local families.
We recently met Jenny*. Jenny, her daughter, and her son Patrick have experienced trauma that many people would find hard to believe.
The family fled their home after facing severe domestic violence from Patrick’s father. Patrick’s father had stolen large sums of money from Jenny’s business to buy drugs, he had attempted to murder Jenny, he had stalked the family despite them moving, and he had made multiple threats to kill Patrick and other family members.
Having moved several times to try and escape, Jenny found herself in a regional community struggling to make ends meet when she turned to Samaritans for help. Despite the ordeal, she was concentrating on her children and wanted to make sure Patrick and his sister could manage the trauma they had experienced.
When Samaritans first met Patrick he said that his stress caused stomach aches and sweating. He said that if his stress left he would “enjoy stuff again” and “go outside”. He had no friends at his new school, and he didn’t think it was possible for him to make new friends.
With Samaritans support and regular counselling, Patrick made huge improvements in many aspects of his life. After four months of help, he achieved his list of goals:
- Protect my mum
- Stop feeling scared
- Be happy most of the time
- Make new friends
- Get a kitten
- Spend time with mum and sister
What stands out in this list are the everyday activities of a child. Participating in school, spending time with family, enjoying a pet. Being happy with friends and at home should be every child’s reality. But it’s not.
Every week children like Patrick and his family turn to Samaritans. These children and families don’t choose a life of hardship and poverty. They need your help.
It doesn’t take much to help a neighbour. By making a donation today, you can make a real difference to a local family in need.
*Names have been changed to protect the identity of this family.