THE roundabout at Greenbridge was lit up in green as the Samaritans bid to raise awareness of the charity.

In an national initiative called The Big Listen, the charity is raising awareness and funds to show how really listening to another person can be the first step to saving a life.

Volunteers from Swindon & District Samaritans’ local branch worked with Swindon Borough Council and Affleck Electrical to get the roundabout spectacularly lit up last week.

It was lit up for 24 hours on Tuesday to show that Samaritans offer a 24/7 emotional support service available to anyone who needs to use it.

Volunteer Darren, director of the Samaritans’ branch in Swindon, said: “As Samaritans volunteers, we know how much listening to someone at a really low point can help them feel less alone, more able to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings, and give them the time and space to reflect and move on.

“With The Big Listen, we’re asking people to give, share and save a life.”

Councillor Brian Ford, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for adults and the council’s mental health champion, said: “We welcome any initiative which aims to reduce the risk of suicide and self-harm and the Samaritans do a fantastic job providing help and support to those people who feel vulnerable.

“2018 is the Year of Mental Health in Swindon and we are encouraging people to look after their own mental health and wellbeing while also raising awareness of where help is available.”