Volunteering at Our Branch

We are always in need of more listening volunteers and are very grateful for all the time and support our volunteers dedicate to the service.

We are a very friendly group comprising all ages and backgrounds. You don’t need qualifications or experience to join us and your background is immaterial, you just have to be 18 or over, a good listener and willing to carry out listening duties in our centre for approximately four hours each week including one night duty once every 5 weeks. All our volunteers receive free training, on-going support and we also pay volunteers reasonable out of pocket expenses.

What next?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please let us know and you will be invited to an Information Event at the centre. These take place our branch at 52 South Street, Newport and you can get to meet some of our friendly team.

We also have opportunities for support volunteers who help run various administration tasks required by the branch such as organising that all-important rota, maintaining our volunteer database, fundraising and building maintenance. We try our best to match your skills and interests with our need for volunteers.

We also need volunteers to help with our shop in Newport

How to apply as a listening volunteer

You will need to fill out an application form and you will then be invited to attend a selection day.

During this day we explain in detail what we do, have an  informal chat with you and run through simple activities to see if you match our volunteer criteria. Successful applicants will be invited to attend our initial training whilst we carry out the required Disclosure and Barring Service checks to protect our callers, some of whom may be vulnerable.

From then on, you will be a Samaritans listening volunteer and be part of our Isle of Wight Branch family.

If you are interested in become a volunteer and would like to know more, please contact us by:

​completing and on-line form on this  website

or email: volunteering@iow-samaritans.org

or phone and leave a message: 01983 524775

or by post to:-

The Deputy Director for Recruitment

Isle of Wight Samaritans

​52 South Street

​Newport

​Isle of Wight

​PO30 1JQ