Ennis and Clare Samaritans urgently seeking volunteers!
How can you make a difference ?
You can join our 100 volunteers and help provide a free confidential helpline for people who are upset, troubled, or feeling suicidal. Anyone can talk to the Samaritans, at any time about whatever is bothering them. Last year our branch in Ennis answered 40,955 calls. We need you to help us to continue to provide this service.
Who is a Samaritan?
You could be a Samaritan. We are just ordinary people who give up time to listen to others.
What is involved in becoming a Samaritan?
We ask our volunteers to give up three hours a week in our Centre in Ennis to provide support to callers. Full training will be provided locally for volunteers. Volunteering with Samaritans is sociable and a great way to meet new people. Volunteering helps gain skills that can be used in all aspects of life and it's a good way to use existing skills to help others. It's a challenging experience but can be very rewarding knowing that you make a difference. Click on the the picture below to read about Enda one of our volunteers.
How can I find out more?
Potential volunteers are invited to attend an information session to find out more about what's involved.
Information evenings will be held in "Sunville", Ennis Samaritan Centre, Kilrush Road on:
Tuesday September 12th 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Thursday September 14th 7.30pm - 9.30 pm
Call Colette @ 089 2475946 to speak to somebody about volunteering or register your interest
Come and say "Hello" at Willie Clancy on July 2nd in Miltown Malbay.
€1,100 donated to Clare Samaritans by Mixed Bag United
The tenth annual Iniscealtra Community competition organised by Mixed Bag United was part of the Mounshannon Arts Festival. All proceeds went to charity, and a total of €1100 was raised for Ennis and Clare Samaritans . We are very grateful for such a generous contribution of much needed funds in support of the service. Sincere thanks to all those who organised and participated in this competition. For more information go to Mixed Bag United
National Volunteer and Celebration Awards
Congratulations to our volunteers Mary 6, Theresa 2, Richard 4 , Frances 1 and our GAA Partnership volunteers on their nominations for National Volunteer and Celebration Awards .
Congratulations to our New Volunteers on completion of Initial Training
Ennistymon , May 2nd
Clare Garden Festival - April 30th
Ennis SAMARITANS ANSWER 40,995 CALLS FOR HELP IN THE LAST YEAR
-Demand for Samaritans service highest during loneliest hours-
Ennis Samaritans answered 40,995 calls for help in the last 12 months, with most of these calls received out of hours when other support is not available. These call details were released in the 2015-2016 Impact Report covering Samaritans’ work in Ireland, which was launched this week.
According to the report, over 639,652 calls for help were answered by Samaritans volunteers across Ireland in the last year. More than one in three calls to Samaritans’ national helpline were received between 6pm and 12am and 63% of all calls to the service are made between 6pm and 6am.
Claire Cremin, Director of Ennis & Clare branch, said:
“We know that people don’t just struggle to cope between the hours of 9 to 5. The statistics released in our Impact Report 2015-2016 show many calls come through to the service throughout the evening and early morning hours, a time that can be lonely and isolating for those experiencing feelings of distress. Samaritans are the only organisation whose volunteers are available round the clock, providing a beacon of light to those struggling during the loneliest hours.”