The primary volunteering opportunity is to be a “Listener”, answering the phones and meeting people face-to-face. Some people don’t want to do that, but are able to offer a specialist skill to help keep the branch running. This usually involves a small amount of voluntary work on an ad-hoc basis as the need arises.
Most Listening Volunteers are already proficient in basic administration so it is the more advanced or specialist skills that are needed in a support role.
Ian (photo) is a University Graduate in Computer Science.
“I give a few hours here and there as needed to help maintain the computer infrastructure. The alternative may be to pay a professional so my time keeps the costs down”.
Examples of Support Roles (more than one volunteer can be appointed to each role):
- IT – installing software, trouble shooting faults
- Advanced Excel and Power Point, Microsoft Publisher (or equivalent)
- Carpentry or Electrician
- Publicity (eg videography, editing software and knowledge of media law)
- Graphic designers
- Fundraisers (especially with experience of applying for competitive project based grants)
As a support volunteer you are still required to attend an "Information Evening" to learn about Samaritans in general and the operations of Havering Branch. You will also need to attend Module 1 of the Training which covers Confidentially.
Selection will be at the discretion of the branch Director.