To meet volunteers from North London Samaritans and find out what's involved, visit us at one of our Information Days.
We hold regular Information Days throughout the year where you can hear from current members of the branch, find out more about our services and what’s involved when you volunteer for North London Samaritans – because it’s quite a big commitment.
Information Days are held at the weekend from 10.00am until around 12.00pm. There is no obligation to volunteer once you have attended an Information Day, so why not come along?
Upcoming Information Days 2020
Saturday, 1st February 2020
Saturday, 6th June 2020
Saturday, 12th September 2020
Saturday, 22nd November 2020
Please click here to express an interest and we will send you details.
To be a Samaritans Listening Volunteer you don’t need special qualifications or knowledge – just a few hours a week, and the ability to listen without judgement to people experiencing suicidal feelings or feelings of distress and despair.
If you are interested in volunteering after you have attended an Information Day, you will be invited to attend a Selection Day. Selection Days are also held at the weekend and normally run from 1pm to 5pm. This is when we find out more about you and whether you are interested in becoming a Listening Volunteer or a Support volunteer. You will take part in some group activities and have an interview with two experienced volunteers. Don’t worry, it’s an interesting and enjoyable day!
Samaritans Core Development and ongoing support
Listening Volunteers have to be thoroughly trained and prepared for their role. Before becoming a Samaritan volunteer you would join an initial training course spanning 8 weeks (one evening per week and two weekend days). This now includes online distance learning so you are not expected to travel for every training session. Once you entered the branch, you would then work with a mentor and attend additional ongoing training workshops at intervals.
In terms of support, volunteers are never left to cope with a difficult call on their own. When they are on the phones and afterwards too, there will always be an experienced volunteer on hand to offer support.