W're marking WMHD by being at Gloucester railway Station. Samaritans works closely with Network Rail, British Transport Police and the local rail operators, Great Western in Gloucester, this work has lead to a reduction of suicides on the railway and it seems appriate to mark the success of that work but the sadness that any life is lost, by meeting travellers.
Every six seconds, somebody contacts Samaritans for help. It’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 trained volunteers that mean Samaritans is always there for anyone struggling to cope and suicide is still the biggest killer for young people and men under 50.
Samaritans are ordinary people from all walks of life who have chosen to devote part of their spare time to helping other people in distress. So many people have it in them to be a Samaritans volunteer. To touch another person’s life when it really matters, by helping them directly, or by keeping our branches running, is a rare gift. Most come with no previous training in listening or supporting those in distress; our volunteers receive training for this at our Samaritans Centre in Gloucester. Our branch is totally locally funded and staffed entirely with volunteers. You can volunteer with Gloucester and District Samaritans in 2 main ways:-
As a Listening Volunteer
Listening volunteers take calls - on the phone, by e-mail, SMS or face-to-face. A listening volunteer on duty always has at least one other Samaritan on duty with them at our branch in Gloucester. Samaritans aim to be there at for everyone at all hours, so we’re always looking for volunteers to take on some night shifts alongside some daytime shifts.
As a Support Volunteer
Providing an excellent year-round listening service takes a lot more than simply sitting down at a desk with a phone at your ear or a computer in front of you. If listening to callers is not for you and you are still keen to help, you may be glad to hear that the work of the branch relies on the vital contributions of other Samaritans working behind the scenes, who don't have direct contact with callers. Without staff to fulfil administration roles, look after our building, deliver talks, help in fundraising and publicity and maintain our IT systems our Branch couldn’t run.
We positively welcome enquiries from all sections of the community, including Black and Minority Ethnic groups, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice message on our recruitment line on 01452 417918 and we will then be able to invite you along to our next information session where you can learn more.
Samaritans volunteers in Gloucester listen in the branch but can also be found everywhere from schools, workplaces, communities and courts.
If you don’t have the time to give right now but want to help, you can donate, anonymously, if you wish.