Volunteering with Cornwall Samaritans at Truro

Are you interested in becoming a Samaritan Volunteer in Cornwall? Why would you consider volunteering?

Next Introductory Evening is 28th January at 1900 at our Centre in Treyew Road

Call 01872 222 321 or email us trurosamsrecruit@gmail.com if you'd like to know more.

Here are some quotes from our volunteers

‘ I have learnt so much about people and life’, ‘ it’s the most worthwhile thing I do’, ‘ it makes me realise that my problems are not so great after all’,  ‘Samaritans has changed my life and the way I look at others.’

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 special gift.

You can make an amazing difference at Samaritans. Our volunteers are changing lives every day, and developing valuable skills along the way. Volunteers are the heart of Samaritans. We welcome and value every volunteer, from all walks of life. Whatever your interests, experience or skills, we could well have a role for you.

16 people take their life every day in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Without volunteers, we’re unable to offer the support we do. We currently have about 120 volunteers giving up a few hours of their time to help support people around the UK find their way, through whatever is troubling them.

Cornwall Samaritans is a friendly group of people of all ages and backgrounds. You don't need qualifications or experience, but to be a good listener, as in depth training is provided. To become a listening volunteer you must be willing to agree to 4 shifts per month: 3 x 3 hour day / evening duties and one 4 ½ hour night duty.

We also have opportunities for those who can offer skills other than listening, such as fund-raising, administration or becoming a Friend of Cornwall Samaritans either by joining the group in St Austell, Falmouth or Penryn.

Firstly we invite everyone interested in volunteering with Cornwall Samaritans to an information Session, so you can learn more about the charity and how we support people struggling to cope. You can also ask any questions at the session to ensure that volunteering with Samaritans is right for you.

Once an application is received you will be invited to attend a Selection Day, this is your opportunity to learn more about the charity as well as us learning more about you. You will be given the chance to again ask any questions that you may have as we provide support throughout the whole volunteering process and beyond.

Cornwall at Truro, like all other branches, once your application has been accepted, you will be offered a place on our Training Courses. Listening volunteers will attend 10 training sessions within a group, with role plays and group discussions as part of Samaritans Initial Training. Non-listening volunteers are expected to attend the first module of Samaritans Initial Training only.

After Initial Training you will be able to observe other volunteers at work before taking your first call. For approximately the first six months you will be assigned to a mentor who will support you as you continue to train to be a Samaritan, as well as having the support from other trained volunteers.

If you would like to know more about volunteering at Cornwall Samaritans then please either complete the volunteering form, email us at trurosamsrecruit@gmail.com or call 01872 222321