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Would you like to volunteer at a football match to help raise awareness of suicide prevention?

Each year the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) marks 10th of September as World Suicide Prevention Day. This is an opportunity for communities to come together to raise awareness of suicide prevention, tackle the stigma that prevents people from seeking help when in distress, and support and signpost people in need to sources of support. More info here: https://www.iasp.info/wspd2019/

Working with Derbyshire County Council, the idea this year, is to again link in with a range of football clubs across our county. As per the last few years we're linking with Derby County FC and Chesterfield FC, and building on last year’s events at 3 non-league teams from across Derbyshire (Alfreton Town, Belper Town and Sheffield FC).

We're seeking your support if you are interested in volunteering at one or more of the following matches?

We’re looking for around 30 volunteers for each of the two professional matches and around 8 for each of the non-league matches.

  • We’ll be meeting around 1.5 hours ahead of the matches.
  • Your role as a volunteer will be raising awareness with fans arriving at the match by engaging them in conversation and handing out leaflets. This is mainly done before the match and our experience in recent years is that the majority of fans really engage with this message.
  • You will receive free access to the respective match (if you want to)
  • Each match will have support from someone clinical and support from a local charity (e.g. Samaritans)

If you would like to volunteer, please identify which match(es) from those listed below that you are interested in and contact Suicide.Prevention@derbyshire.gov.uk with your preferences as soon as possible.

Date and Kick Off Time

Match

Venue

Volunteer Y/N

Saturday 7 Sept 3.00pm

Alfreton Town v Curzon Ashton

Impact Arena, North St, Alfreton DE55 7FZ

 

Friday 13 Sept 7:45pm

Derby County v Cardiff City

Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8XL

 

Saturday 14 Sept 3:00pm

Chesterfield FC v Torquay United

Proact Stadium, 1866 Sheffield Rd, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ

 

Saturday 14 Sept 3:00pm

Matlock Town v South Shields

Causeway Lane, Matlock, DE4 3AR

 

Saturday 14 Sept 3:00pm

Sheffield FC v Kidsgrove Athletic

Sheffield FC Stadium, Sheffield Rd, Dronfield S18 2GD

 

Alternatively, there is an opportunity to volunteer at a community event in Derby

Saturday 7 Sept 11am – 4pm

‘Head High’ Mental Health Awareness Event

Market Square, Derby, DE1 3AE

 

In your reply, please include your contact information (e-mail address), organisation (if applicable) and your position/role*.

*This information will only be used by DCC Public Mental Health Team to communicate with you about these events and will not be shared.

If you are interested in volunteering and have provided your preference to help then further specific information, such as where to meet, where to park and who will be coordinating, will be sent to you closer to the date of each match.

Your support is much appreciated.