Volunteering FAQ's

Thursday 19th February 2015

Find out more about what’s involved in being a Samaritan

‘It’s a challenging experience and it can be very rewarding, knowing that you may have made a difference’

Samaritans will train you..

Successful applicants will attend our  8 week SIT course, learning about active listening and different types of calls. Volunteers who pass the course go on to further training during the 6 month probationary period. 

Samaritans will support you…

When you are on the phones, there will always be experienced volunteers on hand to support you. Volunteers are never left to cope with a harrowing call on their own.

Commitment from you..

We need a minimum of 2 year commitment from you involving weekly shift of 3 hours with 1 night shift every 2 months.

Can you fit Samaritans into your busy life?...

Samaritans volunteers are from all walks of life, which includes having commitments/jobs during the day. At the moment our greatest need is for late nights and weekends

Samaritans run a 24 hour emotional support helpline which needs to be manned throughout the night. In fact, demand from callers is at its greatest between 10pm – 2am. It is essential we have volunteers available to take calls at that time, you will need to do commit to one night shift every 8 weeks

Where we are based?..

In Dublin the office is at 112 Marlborough Street, just across from the Abbey Theatre. All calls are taken from our centres throughout the country

Qualities of a Samaritan..

We are looking for people who can empathize with our callers and can be caring and understanding of their situation. You don’t need formal qualifications or previous experience, but, a natural ability to listen and remain open minded are essential skills

What Next?...

If you are ready to commit to 1 weekly shift and 1 bi-monthly overnight for a period of 2 years then the next step to volunteer for Dublin Samaritans is to attend one of our information evenings, these are usually held twice a year in Spring & Autumn. Please fill out the volunteering form on our webpage and we will get back to you with the details.

Currently our greatest need is weekends and late nights.

If you would like to volunteer for another branch in Ireland, please call the National recruitment line on 1890 200 091, state the branch you wish to volunteer with, your details we be forwarded to your local branch who will then contact you.