In September 2023, PAPYRUS proudly opened its Swindon hub, establishing a vital base for our mission to prevent young suicide in Swindon and surrounding areas. This hub enables us to engage more effectively with local communities, providing crucial support and resources.

Our England South Area Manager, Alex Hills, was the first to be based in PAPYRUS’s Swindon base, soon joined by Claire Tarbox, our dedicated Community Development Officer. Claire has been tirelessly reaching out to local education settings, community groups, and charities, encouraging strong connections and collaborative efforts.

The most recent staff appointment to the Swindon hub team is Stacey Sims, the England South Volunteer Coordinator. Stacey has already made significant strides in her role, supporting volunteers across the south of England and focusing on recruiting volunteers in Swindon and surrounding areas. If you’re interested in volunteering with PAPYRUS, click here or contact us at volunteer@papyrus-uk.org.

According to ONS data, Swindon has a higher suicide rate (10.8 per 100,000) than the national average (10.3 per 100,000). With three dedicated staff members in the Swindon hub, we are committed to supporting and working alongside local communities to prevent young suicide.

Here are just two examples of our recent local engagements:

Meeting the Mayor of Swindon

We were honoured to be invited to ‘Tea with the Mayor of Swindon.’ This event provided a valuable opportunity to connect with other organisations making a difference in the lives of children and young people in Swindon. A heartfelt thank you to Barbara Parry, Mayor of Swindon, for prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of local residents by hosting this event. We look forward to building on this foundation to improve mental health and suicide prevention efforts in the area.

Meeting Sir Robert Buckland MP

We also had the privilege of meeting Sir Robert Buckland MP (South Swindon) to discuss our ongoing work in the area and explore further collaborative opportunities. Sir Robert, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, was particularly interested in addressing the known risk factors surrounding autism and suicide. We are excited about the potential for deeper collaboration with Sir Robert to strengthen our suicide prevention initiatives.

These engagements are just a glimpse of the many activities and connections we are cultivating in Swindon and its surrounding areas. We are dedicated to forming strong relationships to advance our cause of preventing young suicide.

If you are in Swindon or surrounding areas and are interested in the work we are doing then please do make contact with the team at englandsouth@papyrus-uk.org.

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