15 trainees have successfully completed their training course and become a qualified Samaritan volunteer at our branch
Friends and relatives joined to watch them receive certificates as they concluded their 10 month training programme. During this time they have each undertaken 42 hours of formal training, at least 35 hours under supervision providing direct support to people needing help and a six month Probationary period.
The training is spread over many months as our volunteers fit their time at Samaritans around jobs, studying and family commitments. They will work at least one shift a week, perhaps very early in the morning or when everyone else has gone to bed, so that we can be there to help people 24 hours a day.
It's humbling when people say we have made a difference to their lives
One of our newly qualified Sams
I'm so proud to be a Samaritan Volunteer
Another one of our newly qualified Sams
It's the most rewarding thing I have ever done