I have always known about Samaritans and the fantastic work the charity do.
Although working in education, I wanted the chance to work with an organisation which supported people to talk about their feelings and have their voice heard without judgement.
Working within a local community is very exciting and fulfulling for me, and being a listening volunteer is particularly rewarding.
I enquired about the information evening and the volunteers were very helpful in explaining what volunteering opportunities were available within the branch.
Although I had decided to be a listening volunteer, I found out there were many support roles within the branch which volunteers can be involved with, such as recruitment, fundraising and press, just to name a few.
The training to become a volunteer was very thorough and extensive. The support new volunteers receive is immense and being involved in the Samaritans training is humbling, challenging and very rewarding.
Being a Samaritan volunteer is immensely rewarding but also at times challenging. My volunteer journey has given me a great sense of achievement. Knowing that you are supporting people to have a voice, share their thoughts and feelings and working with people to consider options available to them is extremely humbling. The experience is one of trust and responsibility.
I have learnt to keep an open mind and be yourself and, with this in mind volunteering will truly enhance your life.
Abigail, Doncaster Samaritan Volunteer.