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Mayor's Charity

The Mayor's Chosen Charities for 2014/2015 are Southampton Samaritans and The RainbowProject

The Rainbow Project

“Rainbow is a local Southampton charity delivering a range of services to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25. Rainbow’s Life Chances scheme offers supported employment opportunities to young people who, due to their circumstances, are struggling to find or sustain work. These young people may be leaving care, have an offending history but be committed to not re-offending, have learning difficulties, be homeless or a combination of these. Throughout their one year contract, each young person is supported and mentored in order to maximise the success of the opportunity and supported to find permanent employment at the end of the year’s contract. Rainbow also provides an accredited mentoring service to young people. Delivered by trained, police-checked volunteers, Moving 4ward helps young people to identify and overcome the obstacles preventing them from achieving their full potential. For more information, please visit

Southampton Samaritans

Southampton Samaritans have been in operation since 1963 and in 2013 celebrated our 50th anniversary. We are an independently registered charity responsible for our own recruitment, operations and fundraising, receiving support and guidance from the national charity. Everyone involved in the running of the branch is a volunteer and all listening volunteers are appropriately trained. Based in a central location we offer confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. Samaritans nationally provide a 24/7 service for callers on the telephone, in person, via email and SMS. We offer callers the space to explore their feelings including feelings of self-harm and suicide. We are here for all regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or ethnic background. We believe that being listened to in confidence without fear of being judged can be a huge relief and is often the first step in finding a way to cope.
Caller Helpline number 023 8063 2888 or 08457 909090
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