North London Samaritans relies entirely on unpaid volunteers to both provide support to callers and run the branch.
We currently have around 100 active Listening Volunteers who give their time on a regular, weekly basis. Their primary aim is to offer emotional support to those experiencing feelings of despair and distress, including those which might lead to self-harm or suicide.
It is these same volunteers who carry out our other activities, such as outreach activities in schools and prisons, promotion and fundraising activities, admin tasks and keeping the Centre clean and tidy.
However, we also have several Support Volunteers who have chosen not to take calls or answer emails but who are still vital to the running of our service. They might help us raise funds, undertake general administration, distribute leaflets to publicise the Samaritans service, or a range of other important activities.